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Middle Eastern air-conditioning questioned over World Cup bid

Qatars’s bid for the 2022 World Cup has been questioned by a senior Fifa figure, who queried whether the air-conditioning could cope with the extreme heat of a Middle Eastern country.

Despite the high temperatures – which average over 40 deg C in the summer, with 50 deg C recorded this year - Qatar has emerged as a key contender for the tournament.

The country’s officials have said that temperatures can be reduced to the low thirties using air-conditioning, US Fifa committee member Chuck Blazer has spoken out on the subject. He says: “You can air-condition a stadium, but I don’t see how you can air-condition an entire country.”

America is joined by Australia, South Korea and Japan as rival bidders, while a recently released evaluation report is said to raise the Qatar A/C issue, as well as the country’s size, which is half that of Wales.

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