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IOC chief Bach happy with FIFA moves to pick 2022 WCup dates

Bach happy with FIFA moves to avoid clash between 2022 World Cup and Winter Olympics

IOC chief Bach happy with FIFA moves to pick 2022 WCup dates

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (AP) -- IOC President Thomas Bach says he is happy with FIFA's moves toward choosing dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar that do not clash with the Winter Olympics.

Bach says he is encouraged by the "latest signals that this is going in the right direction."

He says a clash of dates between the Olympics and World Cup would be a "lose-lose situation" and "cause major problems" for broadcasters and sponsors.

Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, are bidding for the 2022 Games. Both propose dates of Feb. 4-20.

FIFA plans to move the 2022 World Cup out of the traditional July-August dates to avoid the brutal Qatari heat.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has assured Bach there will be no clash. He favors a November-December tournament.

A FIFA working group will meet Feb. 23 to recommend World Cup dates. FIFA's executive committee could approve them on March 20.

Still, many football leaders involved in FIFA's consultation disagree with Blatter and prefer holding the tournament in January or May 2022.

Updated : 2021-09-23 08:54 GMT+08:00