The AFC president invites the world football family to unite behind the Qatar 2022 World Cup

Kuala Lumpur: As the 2022 World Cup approaches in Qatar, Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, president of the Asian Football Confederation, called on the global football community to stand united behind this extraordinary global event. The 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar, from November 20 to December 18, and this will be the second time the tournament will take place in an Asian country, after the 2002 edition in South Korea and Japan. The AFC president said: “The World Cup returns to the Asian continent after a long absence of 20 years, and is taking place in a very difficult time, as the world is still recovering from the effects of the severe pandemic, and so there are feelings of distrust among some as a result of a combination of different factors. Sheikh Salman added in statements posted by the AFC on its site web today, Saturday: “But no other sport has such a wonderful ability to bring us together in a spirit of positivity, fun, enthusiasm and optimism, and there is no better tournament than the World Cup to spread a strong and collective message of purpose: kindness and pace in these difficult times “. He continued: “The exceptional efforts undertaken by the State of Qatar, the Supreme Committee for Surrender and Legacy, the Qatar Football Association, as well as the International Football Association and the rest of the parties will ensure that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is a great success and will remain in the memory for the next few years. “He added:” Now more than ever, we must sincerely pay tribute to all the efforts that have been made and we must offer all our support to the tournament in order to help the football to reach its true components, as well as building bridges of solidarity and pace through this beautiful game. “Sheikh Salman stressed the importance of having a successful tournament and said:” The success of the World Cup in Qatar is a great need now, because this is the key to emphasizing and promoting the spirit of understanding and solidarity, and I express my deepest hope that in these difficult times, no one can distract us from enjoying this wonderful game, which is a tool that unites us forever and has the power to unite us. “He explained:” The Asian Football Confederation is firmly with the State of Qatar, the Supreme Committee for the handover and legacy, the Qatar Football Association and the International Football Association, and affirms its full support and firm commitment to ensure the success of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar “. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will see a stake record from Asia, with the presence of six teams, in addition to the participation of 19 referees from the Asian continent. (Dpa)