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Olympic sports to oppose winter World Cup

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has called on all winter sports governing bodies to oppose plans to stage the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the winter, fearing it will damage the 2022 winter Olympics.

At a council meeting yesterday, FIS planned to launch a joint opposition effort with the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) against FIFA's proposal to switch the World Cup from its traditional summer slot to winter to avoid the high temperatures of host city Qatar.

The winter Olympics is traditionally held in February, whilst initial reports indicated FIFA was looking to move its tournament to November before it decided to launch a consultation process with World Cup stakeholders, some of which prefer a January/February date.

A schedule for the 2022 World Cup will be made following next year’s tournament in Brazil. AIOWF includes representative bodies of the biathlon, bobsleighing, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating and skiing.