The FIFA World Cup is just two-three months away from starting. It is the biggest single sporting event in the world, with a total of 32 countries officially getting selected. Qatar will be the host of the World Cup in this edition. FIFA has made some altercations on the date of the inauguration and the decision has been approved.
According to the International Federation of Association Football, the opening date of the World Cup is advanced by one day. The World Cup was supposed to start on 21st November and now it will be on 20th November 2022. The changes were done so that Qatar can be featured in the gala game. In the earlier schedule, Qatar and Ecuador were to officiate the match but Senegal vs the Netherlands would’ve been the first game.
FIFA released a statement, “Host country Qatar will now play Ecuador on Sunday 20 November as part of the standalone event. The opening match and ceremony of this year’s tournament at Ak Bayt Stadium have been brought forward one day following a unanimous decision taken by the Bureau of the FIFA Council today.” FIFA leader Gianni Infantino heads the bureau along with six others.
“The change ensures the continuity of a long-standing tradition of marking the start of the World Cup with an opening ceremony on the occasion of the first match featuring either the hosts or the defending champions.” In the new schedule, the game between Senegal and Netherlands has shifted from 1:00 pm IST to 7:00 pm IST.
FIFA 2022: Qatar World Cup To Start on 20th November
“Opening the first FIFA World Cup to be held in the Middle East and the Arab world is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Qatar. The impact of this decision on fans was assessed by FIFA. We will work together to ensure a smooth tournament for the supporters affected by the change.” The organizing commitee stated. Ecuador fans will have to change their schedule and flight timings to witness the game.
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