First stadium to be done by 2015

An official on Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Committee says the first

of its 12 stadiums for the tournament could be ready in four years

and will feature a carbon-neutral cooling system as promised.

Hassan al-Thawadi, the committee’s secretary general, also told

the state-run Qatar News Agency Monday that the Gulf nation wants

to hold another ”major tournament” by 2020, as a dress rehearsal

for the World Cup.

Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World Cup last December. It

has attempted to counter concerns about the summer heat by

promising that all the stadiums will be air conditioned to ensure

fans and players are protected from temperatures that far exceed 40

degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).