Associated Press  |  Last updated March 21, 2013
FIFA President Sepp Blatter insisted on Thursday that Qatar will host the World Cup in June-July 2022 as planned, amid growing speculation it could be moved to the cooler winter months. Blatter said that Qatari organizers would have to ask to change their hosting plan from the hottest months, despite recent hints by FIFA's top official that its ruling board - which chose the tiny desert state - could intervene on medical advice. Commenting on an issue that has stirred controversy long after a vote in December 2010, Blatter told reporters: ''It has not been put into question by FIFA's executive committee, therefore it still stands.''
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