Mumbai, Sep 4: The official emblem of FIFA World Cup 2022 was launched in Doha and was live-streamed on a giant screen here at Babulnath Mandir junction as well.
Mumbai was the only Indian city alongside fourteen other cities in the non-Arabic world where the event was streamed live on Tuesday evening.
The emblem encapsulates the Arabian spirit and deep-rooted heritage of Qatar. Football unites everyone in Qatar irrespective of background and nationality.
Myriad cultures are strung together by the passion for football. The emblem reflects the story of a nation that has risen from the ground up and is still rising.
The swooping curves of the emblem represent the undulations of desert dunes and the unbroken loop depicts both the number eight – a reminder of the eight astonishing stadiums that will host matches – and the infinity symbol, reflecting the interconnected nature of the event.
Besides echoing the shape of the iconic FIFA World Cup Trophy, the emblem’s central form takes inspiration from a traditional woollen shawl. During winter months, shawls are worn around the world and in the Arab and Gulf region in particular.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy of Qatar, which is the local organising committee of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, has taken up the initiative to generate more interest amongst the Indians for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup.
This is going to be the second edition of the quadrennial flagship tournament hosted by an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member association, of which India are also an integral part. Middle-East has always been a favourable destination for Indians and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy wants to welcome their participation to make the event a grand success.
Resident and Non-resident Indian nations can avail visa-on-arrival in Qatar during the football extravaganza to ease the entire travel process. Qatar 2022 is touted to lure more football-frenzy Indians to taste the in-stadia experience as the distance of Qatar, compared to the previous host nations, from any part of India will be minimal. Not less than 25 per cent of entire Qatar's population hail from India and the LOC has been quite positive about their football-fanaticism as well.
Along with many firsts in the FIFA World Cup history, this edition will be scheduled between November 21, 2022, and December 18, 2022, instead of the conventional International FIFA window during June-July.
On the other hand, the forthcoming edition of the FIFA World Cup will be most compact in terms of travelling distance.
The eight stadiums which will host the matches are situated within a 50-kilometre radius which provides the supporters with an opportunity to watch multiple matches in a day during the round-robin stage of the tournament. (UNI)