FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony 2022 Qatar When, where to watch, BTS’ Jungkook, Shakira among performers in Qatar 2022, Here’s what you need to know about the opening ceremony that will take place ahead of the November 20-December 18 World Cup in Qatar:
WHAT TIME IS THE OPENING OF THE WORLD CUP 2022?
The opening ceremony of the World Cup will take place on November 20, ahead of the opening Group A match between host Qatar and Ecuador. With a seating capacity of 60,000, located in Qatar’s northeastern coastal city of Al Khor, the Al Bayt stadium will host the opening fixture of this edition’s FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony 2022 Qatar between Qatar and Ecuador. The stadium was inaugurated on 30th November 2021 during the FIFA Arab Cup. According to the Qatar World Cup website, the architects have drawn inspiration from tents that were used by ancient nomads in the middle east.
The opening ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm IST.
The original plan was for the opening ceremony to be held before Qatar’s first game on November 21, which would have created the unusual situation of two games being held before it. The opening match was then brought forward by a day. Ecuadorean President Guillermo Lasso said he will not attend his nation’s high-profile opening match against Qatar, citing domestic unrest.
WHO ALL ARE PERFORMING AT FIFA WORLD CUP 2022?
FIFA are yet to announce a complete list of performers for the 2022 World Cup opening ceremony. FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony 2022 Qatar South Korea’s BTS said Jungkook, one of seven members of the boy band, will perform at the ceremony. According to The Telegraph, other names reported to be involved in the opening ceremony include pop star Shakira, who sang the 2010 World Cup’s official song, the Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams and Nora Fatehi.
British singer Dua Lipa denied a report that she was set to perform at the ceremony. Some Spanish media reports said Shakira would also not perform. Singer Rod Stewart told The Times he had turned down an offer of “over $1 million” to perform in Qatar.
WHERE OR HOW CAN I WATCH THE WORLD CUP OPENING CEREMONY?
The opening ceremony of the FIFA World up 2022 will be available in the following channels across the World:
⦿ India: Sports18, Sports18 HD and Jio Cinema
⦿ UK: BBC One
⦿ USA: FOX, Telemundo, fuboTV
⦿ Canada: CTV, TSN, RDS
⦿ Australia: SBS
FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony 2022 Qatar
It has been a tough road for Qatar in hosting the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022, with many countries criticising the decision. Other than accusations of buying votes for their bids, the country also finds itself embroiled in countless human rights issues. Meanwhile, many football players like Portugal’s Bruno Fernandes and Denmark’s Christian Eriksen have spoken against the Arab country hosting the World Cup. Many musicians have also refused to perform in the World Cup, with Dua Lipa recently joining the list. Shakira, who was supposed to be a guest performer, also backed out after receiving criticism for accepting to perform at the opening ceremony.
FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony 2022 Qatar The artists who have agreed to perform in Qatar are J Balvin, Robbie Williams, Jason Derulo, Clean Bandit, Sean Paul, Nora Fatehi, Black Eyed Peas, Jungkook of BTS, Nicki Minaj, Maluma and Myriam Fares. Clarifying her stance on Qatar hosting the World Cup, Dua Lipa said via Instagram, I will be cheering England on from afar and I look forward to visiting Qatar when it has fulfilled all the human rights pledges it made when it won the right to host the World Cup. One Love, Dua.
Meanwhile, Rod Steward was also approached to perform but he declined the offer. They offered me a huge amount of money, over a million dollars for the performance, but I turned it down because I don’t think it’s right to go to a country with those ideas and values. I also think the Iranians should also stop supplying them with weapons, he explained. FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony 2022 Qatar, The World Cup is scheduled to begin on November 20, with Qatar facing Ecuador in the opener, at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. Also, Lionel Messi’s Argentina will begin their campaign on November 22 against Saudi Arabia and Portugal will face Ghana in their opener on November 24.