Official emblem for 2022 World Cup unveiled

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Official emblem for 2022 World Cup unveiled

The official emblem for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has been unveiled, featuring elements of local culture and embodying the vision of one of the world’s largest sporting events.

The presentation of the emblem took place in Doha, Qatar at 8:22 p.m. Tuesday. Major cities around the world also had projections of the emblem on their landmarks or outdoor billboards.

According to FIFA, the design of the emblem “embodies the vision of an event that connects and engages the entire world, while also featuring striking elements of local and regional Arab culture and allusions to the beautiful game.”

“The swooping curves of the emblem represent the undulations of desert dunes and the unbroken loop depicts both the number eight - a reminder of the eight astonishing stadiums that will host matches - and the infinity symbol, reflecting the interconnected nature of the event,” FIFA’s statement read.

“Besides echoing the shape of the iconic FIFA World Cup Trophy, the emblem’s central form takes inspiration from a traditional woolen shawl.

During winter months, shawls are worn around the world and in the Arab and Gulf region in particular by a variety of people and in various styles,” it added.

The 2022 World Cup will kick off Nov. 21 and wrap up on Dec. 18. It will be the first World Cup to be contested in those months.

The typeface accompanying the emblem takes the form of traditional Arabic calligraphy in a contemporary font, FIFA said.

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