Qatar considering reducing number of stadiums for 2022 World Cup

An artist's impression of the Al-Khor stadium, originally one of 12 proposed venues for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.   

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Qatar organizers have yet to decide whether to build all 12 stadiums outlined in their successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

The organizing committee issued a statement in response to reports Monday that only eight World Cup stadiums would be constructed, saying that it was customary for hosts to review bid plans before proposing ”final host cities and stadia projects” for approval by FIFA, soccer’s world governing body.

Qatar defeated bids from the United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia to host the World Cup, although the decision has been marred by allegations that the voting process was flawed.

There have also been concerns over conditions for construction workers, and the sweltering summer heat in the tiny Gulf nation that could lead to a change from the traditional June-July period for the tournament.