Great news for fans of awesome things: FIFA’s proposed move of the 2022 World Cup to winter would not clash with the Winter Olympics.
The NBC Olympic Talk report, citing the International Olympic Committee, says FIFA president Sepp Blatter has assured the IOC that the events won’t overlap (which more or less means 2022 would be the busiest and most entertaining winter in sports memory).
“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 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.
Serious exhalations here, and an even bigger high-five to the winter of 2022 (unless, of course, FIFA wants to come to its senses and move the World Cup to a location people really want to travel to, continuing the perfectly-fine tradition of playing the world’s biggest tournament at a down-time in the sports calendar).