Qatar’s Emir Hails Diversity of FIFA World Cup

Published On: November 24, 2022 05:09 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Nov 24: Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani hailed the diversity of the FIFA World Cup during the opening ceremony of the mega event on November 20.

Speaking at the inauguration of the biggest football tournament, the Emir said, "From Qatar, from the Arab world, I welcome everyone to the World Cup 2022."

A copy of the inaugural speech provided by the Qatari embassy in Nepal quotes the Emir as saying that they have “worked hard”, along with many people, to make it one of the most successful tournaments.

“We have exerted all efforts and invested for the good of all humanity,” he said, adding, “Finally, we have reached the opening day, the day that you have been eagerly waiting for. Starting from this evening, and for a period of twenty-eight days, we will follow, and with us the whole world, God willing, the great football festival, in this spacious ambience for human and civilized communication.”

According to the Emir, people of different races, nationalities, faiths and orientations have gathered in Qatar, and around screens on all continents to share the same exciting moments.

"How beautiful it is that people can put aside what divides them in order to celebrate their diversity and what brings them together at the same time," he added.

He also wished all the participating teams “a magnificent football performance”, high sportsmanship, and a time full of joy, excitement and delight.

“And let there be days that are inspiring with goodness and hope.”

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