Qatar formally opened the 2022 FIFA World Cup yesterday with an austere ceremony, marked by the concepts of memory, respect and inclusion in the imposing Al Bayt stadium in the town of Al-Khor, bordering the capital Doha.
The act, which lasted strictly for half an hour, showed a strong leadership of the Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who shared the presidential box with the FIFA president, the Swiss Gianni Infantino.
All the mascots in the history of the world cups. The Gauchito 1978 of Argentina / AP was present
The highest authority of the emirate enabled the ceremony to begin with a greeting on the giant screens and closed with fireworks after a welcome speech that aroused the greetings of an audience, predominantly Muslim.
The party began with a performance by American Morgan Freeman, winner of an Oscar in 2005, together with local influencer Ghanim Al Muftah, a victim of caudal regression syndrome, who is missing his lower extremities.
The narration was about a call for unity to all the people of the world and an invitation to overcome all differences with humanity, which was interpreted as a local response to resistance from the West on various aspects of Qatari culture.
Imposing. This is how the playing field of al bayt was seen from above / AP
In the heart of the playing field, a bridge was represented to symbolize this intended rapprochement, which Infantino later endorsed with another message prior to the start of the match between the local team and Ecuador.
Past and present; tradition and modernity; local and global customs marked a contrast celebrated by the organization as the wealth of nationalities and ethnic groups.
Under the musical direction of Red One and Katara Studios, and the set design of the German Florian Weider, the opening of the World Cup continued with a tribute to all the participating countries of the first edition in the Middle East.
“Let’s go, let’s go Argentina”, was heard through the Al Bayt speakers when the volunteers entered under the costumes that represented the giant shirts of each country.
The Bedouin world represented at the inauguration of qatar 2022
In the same passage, the mascots of the World Cups after 1962 entered: Willie (England ’66), Tip & Tap (Germany ’74), Gauchito (Argentina ’78), Naranjito (Spain ’82), Ciao (Italy ’90 ), Striker (United States ’94), Footix (France ’98), Kaz and Nik (Korea-Japan 2002), Goleo (Germany 2006), Zakumi (South Africa 2010), Fuleco (Brazil 2014) and Zabivaka (Russia 2018) .
In the absence of the artists of the Colombian Shakira and other international artists, presumably due to the refusal to join the Qatari party, the only world representative was the popular South Korean singer Jung Kook, who preceded the local Fahad Al Kubaisi.
The ceremony took place with empty spaces in the stadium stands due to logistical difficulties and delayed access.
The 35 kilometers in a northerly direction that separate the center of Doha with the town of Al-Khor, took more than 90 minutes to cover and then another to enter in the midst of a chaotic organization.
Access to the stadiums was a matter of concern for FIFA in the days prior to the start of the World Cup, which led to recommendations to schedule departures in advance.
The la’eeb mascot of Qatar 2022
The imposing Al-Bayt stadium, which recreates a Bedouin tent in the middle of the depopulated and arid area, presented kilometers of traffic congestion on the surrounding highways.
Of the eight World Cup venues, Al Bayt is the second with the highest capacity (60,000 people) and the only one not connected to the metro network, free to use for all Hayya card holders.
This particularity forced all the contestants to arrive by the same highway, with the important delays and the rush to enter the field took away color from the previous one in the vicinity.
Within it, the animation was in charge of the 2,000 Ecuadorians located in one of the capitals and the organized group of Qataris who, using percussion, provided a noisy environment for the opening game.
Qatari children present