Mid 80’s Fahrenheit
Average temperature in Doha, Qatar during the month of June:
106 degrees Fahrenheit
Why is this important? It’s important because Qatar just beat out the US to host the 2022 World Cup and that event is usually held in June.
Now, I don’t know about you but I can’t imagine running around for five minutes in that kind of heat, much less over the course of two 45-minute halves. How hot does it get in that area of the world? Well, when world-class swimmers are dying in the water, you can say it’s pretty dang hot.
So, what happens to soccer players who don’t even have the water? I’ve been in a ballpark in the States in June and it’s no joke. If I wasn’t able to continuously replace the water I lost through sweating with beer, I would have been in trouble. And I was only sitting there, not moving around. Add 20 degrees and a lot more physical exertion and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
I know that Qatar has been developing air conditioned stadiums and all that jazz but this just seems like a phenomenally bad idea. Or maybe it’s just that I’m American and can’t understand why you’d ever say no to us. Maybe we forgot to say “Pretty please”?