FIFA World Cup 2022 Opening Ceremony LIVE Updates: BTS' Jungkook, Nora Fatehi set to light up Qatar

FIFA World Cup 2022 Opening Ceremony LIVE Updates: BTS' Jungkook, Nora Fatehi set to light up Qatar

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2022 opening ceremony from the Al Bayt Stadium.

It's time for FIFA World Cup 2022

The wait is over, nearly over. FIFA World Cup 2022 is all set to get underway in Qatar with a glittering opening ceremony. There is plenty in store for football lovers as a wide range of artists and stars are set to perform at the Al Bayt Stadium. Will the focus shift to football, finally?

When and where to watch the opening ceremony in India?

The opening ceremony will be held at the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt stadium ahead of the first match between Qatar and Ecuador. The glittering event will be telecast live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD TV channels in India and the live streaming will be available on Jio Cinema app and website for free from 8 pm IST onwards.

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Who will be performing at the opening ceremony?

South Korean boy band BTS' Jungkook will perform on 'Dreamers'. While FIFA is yet to confirm the list of performers, actress and dancer Nora Fatehi will also showcase her dancing skills at the Al Bayt stadium, Qatar. 

Qatar 2022 opening ceremony: A star-studded list of performers

It's going to be a star-studded affair in Qatar at the opening ceremony. FIFA has said the opening ceremony will include tributes to the 32 competing teams, previous FIFA World Cup hosts and event volunteers.

 South Korea's BTS said Jungkook, one of seven members of the boy band, would perform a track titled "Dreamers" at the ceremony.

Qatari singers Fahad Al-Kubaisi and Dana will also perform at the opening ceremony.

However, Columbian singer Shakira and British singer Dua Lipa denied reports that they would be performing in Qatar tonight.

Qatar 2022: India's vice-president arrives in Doha for opening ceremony

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday arrived in Doha for a two-day visit to the Gulf Kingdom during which he will represent India at the inauguration of the FIFA World Cup. Dhankhar is visiting Doha at the invitation of Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. "Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar arrives to a warm welcome in Doha, Qatar," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi tweeted.

Qatar 2022 Live: Where is the opening ceremony going to be held?

The opening ceremony will be at the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium, 40 km (25 miles) north of Doha. Named and designed after the tents used by nomads in the Gulf, the Al Bayt Stadium is the furthest venue from central Doha but also one of the biggest and it has a retractable roof.

Qatar has readied as many as 8 stadiums, 7 of which have air-conditioning facilities to ensure players don't feel the heat amid high temperatures. The World Cup was moved to November-December to avoid playing in the peak summer in Qatar but the weather is still expected to be harsh in the Arab nation.

Qatar 2022 Live: Beer disappoinment for football fans

The World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar banned the sale of beer at the World Cup stadiums on November 18, which comes as a sudden U-turn on the deal the conservative Muslim nation made to secure the tournament.

FIFA President Gianni Ifantino said the organisers tried until the last minute to see if it could allow beer sale at stadiums for fans.

"We tried until the end to see whether it was possible," Infantino said on allowing beer sale. "If for 3 hours a day you cannot drink a beer, you will survive. Maybe there is a reason why in France, in Spain, in Scotland, alcohol is banned in stadiums. Maybe they are more intelligent us, having thought maybe we should be doing that."

Qatar promises 'Real Show' at Opening Ceremony

Creative director Marco Balich, a veteran of multiple Olympic opening and closing ceremonies, told The Associated Press that he has been working for a year on a 30-minute show that will run ahead of the opening game between Qatar and Ecuador.

“The supreme committee wanted to create a real show, which FIFA is not accustomed to,” Balich said in a phone interview from Doha, referring to Qatar’s local organizing committee.

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