Claude Makélélé: Qatar's new technology will make 2022 FIFA World Cup™ unique
"Every World Cup has distinct, unique elements and I believe the use of technology will make 2022 special," said Makélélé, who won 71 caps for France.
Makélélé continued: "Football has developed over the last few years due to the use of technology – both on and off the pitch – and Qatar's efforts will further contribute to the growth of the sport. During my playing days, I was a beneficiary of technology and I admire Qatar's efforts in this area."
In addition to developing cooling technology, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the body responsible for delivering the infrastructure required for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, launched the Challenge 22 competition in 2015 to inspire innovation.
If they wish, fans will be able to attend more than one game a day in the early stages of the tournament.
"It will be a dream World Cup for the coaches of all 32 participating teams," said Makélélé. "Players who get niggles in Qatar can recover while staying at the same venue as their team-mates. This means coaches could get continuity in team selection and their pre-tournament strategy will therefore work better
Makélélé also praised Qatar's passion for football and said he was looking forward to the second FIFA World Cup™ to be held in Asia after playing in the first, jointly hosted by the Korea Republic and Japan, 16 years ago.
"The people of Qatar are passionate about football and the World Cup will be a dream for people living there," said Makélélé. "In 2002 I witnessed the World Cup's rich flavour being enhanced in Asia and I am sure the world will see it again in 2022."