Qatar 2022: Advanced cooling systems will allow for summer World Cup
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
March 23 – The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee released an official statement regarding the Committee’s plans to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It states the Committee has committed resources to prove the feasibility of cooling technology, powered by renewable energy, in stadiums.
Qatar 2022’s bid was submitted to host the World Cup in the summer, not the winter as some have proposed due to the extreme summer temperatures in Qatar. The cooling systems, which have been in use since 2008 at Al Sadd Stadium, were demonstrated to FIFA’s technical inspectors during a Qatari League match at Al Sadd Stadium. A prototype stadium was also visited by the inspection team.
“We are offering solutions to keep players and fans cool and comfortable,” the statement read, “and developing those solutions to ensure that they are environmentally sustainable.”
Qatar 2020 is committed to hosting the World Cup, but is adamant in the use of cooling systems, not just at sports stadiums, but outdoor environments for the enjoyment of all all year round.
“We are ready to host the World Cup in summer or winter,” the Qatar 2022 statement read. “Our planning isn’t affected either way, as we are committed to the cooling technologies for legacy reasons.”
The first new stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup will begin construction later this year and five other stadiums are being planned.
Qatar 2020 is steadfast in its promise to deliver the staging of a successful FIFA World Cup in 2022 on social, human and cultural levels.
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