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IOC: FIFA boss says 2022 World Cup won’t clash with Olympics

Sepp Blatter, Jacques Rogge

Outgoing International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge’s silhouette (L) is seen as he speaks with IOC member and FIFA President Sepp Blatter under the Olympic Rings during the 125th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on September 9, 2013 in Buenos Aires. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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The International Olympic Committee has received assurances from FIFA president Sepp Blatter that the Qatar 2022 World Cup will not overlap with the 2022 Winter Olympics.

“It is in the interest of both organizations that there is no clash between our calendars,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams told The Associated Press.

The 2022 World Cup could be moved from the usual June-July window due to Qatar’s summer heat. On Monday, FIFA said in a press release that two alternative windows were November-December and January-February.

In November, Blatter said the 2022 World Cup would not be January-February.

“It can only be done in November-December, not January-February,” Blatter said then.

In January, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke reportedly said the 2022 World Cup would definitely not be played in June or July.

“I think it will be played between November 15 and January 15 the latest,” Valcke said, according to Reuters.

The 2022 Winter Olympics host city will be chosen in a vote next year. The host will be Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing or Oslo.

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