World Cup head 'confident' Qatar will keep event

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ZURICH (AP) -- The head of Qatar's 2022 World Cup organizing committee says he's ''comfortable and confident'' the tournament won't be taken from his country.

Hassan al-Thawadi also defended Qatar's record on protecting migrant workers after claims that dozens have died during construction work linked to the World Cup.

FIFA's executive committee is discussing the labor issue at a two-day meeting that opened Thursday, while trade union activists protested at the soccer body's gates.

Al-Thawadi says Qatar's preparation to host the World Cup ''is accelerating a number of these initiatives'' to improve workers' rights.

The FIFA board will debate Friday if the 2022 tournament should be switched from the summer heat, which can reach 122 degrees.

Al-Thawadi says there is ''no time limit'' for FIFA to decide which months are best to play.

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