U-17 Women’s FIFA World Cup Mascot Unveiled, Video Shot In Konark

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Monday unveiled Ibha, the official mascot for the upcoming U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2022. The unveiling of Ibha, an Asiatic lioness, coincided with the International Day of the Girl Child. The countdown for the tournament has well and truly begun as there is exactly one year to go for the kick-off.

The official handle of FIFA Women’s World Cup shared the unveiling video on Twitter in which five boys and girls are searching for the animal whose paws were found on the premises of the world-famous Sun Temple, Konark in Odisha.

Ibha, the mascot, has been represented as a strong, playful, and charming lioness who aims to inspire and encourage women and girls by using teamwork, resilience, and kindness. The name has been adopted from the Khasi language, which translates to “one with good vision or judgement”.

“The launch of the Official Mascot Ibha is yet another significant milestone achieved on the road to hosting the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022. Ibha symbolises courage and strength, which are core qualities of every woman, while also embodying the vibrance and visionary spirit of the tournament. Today also being International Day of the Girl Child, it is an appropriate occasion to reveal the mascot who will stand for a powerful and lively image that will inspire women to take new strides in not just football, but in other walks of life too”, said Praful Patel, Local Organising Committee (LOC) Chairman and President of All-India Football Federation.

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India is scheduled to be held from October 11-30 next year. Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar has been chosen to host the semi-finals.

“2022 is on course to be a hugely significant year for women’s football, with future stars of the game set to showcase their skills in India — just nine months before the FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off in Australia and New Zealand in 2023”, said Sarai Bareman, FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer.

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