Pele gives Qatar FIFA World Cup the thumbs up

Footballing legend Pelé, has given his vote of approval to 2022 FIFA World Cup host, Qatar.

The Brazilian forward told beIN Sports he was particularly impressed with Qatar’s plans to make the stadiums air conditioned to deal with soaring temperatures.

The soccer superstar, who first visited Qatar in 1973 to play a friendly match with his Santos side, said: “I know Qatar well, I’ve visited it several times before. We have the 2018 World Cup in Russia first, so there’s a lot of time to talk about 2022. The thing that caught my attention is that the stadiums are going to be air-conditioned.”

He added: “Qatar is capable of hosting a wonderful World Cup. It has the right to host the World Cup and it will definitely succeed in this.”

Earlier this year, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi said Qatar’s 2022 World Cup stadium construction costs will total between $8 billion to $10 billion.

Up to $200 billion is being spent on wider infrastructure required to host the World Cup, he told the Associated Press.

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