IOC back Qatar winter World Cup

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According to Xinhua, a Fifa taskforce recommended playing the 2022 World Cup in winter instead of summer to avoid temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius in Qatar.

IOC president Thomas Bach said that the decision was logical.

"It is a logical decision in the interest of the World Cup and the Olympic Games," said Bach

"It would result in a no-win situation as both events could lose attention from fans and broadcasters alike," he added.

Moving the tournament to November and December will affect the league matches of European clubs, and some powerful European clubs are asking for compensation from Fifa. 

The final decision about the exact date of 2022 will be made by Fifa on March 19-20.