Air conditioning is a must for World Cup – physio

AN estimated �30bn is expected to be spent on building air-conditioned stadiums, ahead of the 2022 football World Cup, in Qatar.

Having just returned from the oil-rich state with the GB table tennis team, Colchester-based physiotherapist Craig Fowlie revealed just how hard it could be for teams to contend with the searing heat.

“It was 40 degrees in the morning and got hotter during the day, you could not play football in that heat,” said Fowlie, who has also worked with New Zealand Rugby Union team, Hurricanes.

“It might be okay if the stadiums are fitted with air conditioning but what about when the players want to train in between matches?

“Will they be able to train in the stadiums too, with other games scheduled?

“There is not much wind out there and at times it is difficult to breath but I am sure they can make it work.”

GB’s table tennis squad, competing in an air-conditioned coliseum, were out there trying to qualify for the Olympics but did not make the cut.

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However, it is not all doom and gloom.

“They were a really a professional outfit and and with a bit more development, I am sure they will be getting close.”

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