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A June World Cup in Qatar could get very, very hot

December 14, 2010 | 11:05 am

Now that Qatar has the 2022 men's soccer World Cup, some of the sport's leading figures are calling for the event to take place in January rather than June, when temperatures above 110 degrees are common.

From June 18 through 20 this year for instance, the highs in Qatar's capital, Doha, were 119, 118 and 118, while the highs Jan. 18-20 were 72, 76, 78.  And even if the cooling systems inside stadiums work as the Qataris insist they will, it will be unbearable in June almost everywhere outside the stadiums.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune: "January is the right time for Qatar's World Cup."

-- Philip Hersh