FIFA has unveiled an Asiatic lioness, often called Ibha, because the official mascot for the 2022 U-17 Women’s World Cup to mark precisely one yr to go till the event kicks off in India.
Interestingly, the disclosing ceremony which passed off on Monday in Mumbai coincides with the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child.
Representing “Nari Shakti”, or ladies’s energy, Ibha is a robust, playful, and charming Asiatic lioness that goals to encourage and encourage ladies and ladies through the use of teamwork, resilience, kindness, and empowering others.
In addition to the that means behind her title, which roughly interprets in Khasi as “one with good vision or judgement”, Ibha additionally needs to encourage ladies in India and all over the world to make the suitable choices and attain their full potential.
“Ibha is a really exciting and inspiring character, one that young fans across India and around the world will have huge fun enjoying and interacting within the lead-up to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India next year,” stated FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer, Sarai Bareman, whereas describing the mascot’s character.
“2022 is heading in the right direction to be a massively important yr for ladies’s soccer, with future stars of the sport set to showcase their expertise in India – simply 9 months earlier than the FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off in Australia and New Zealand in 2023.
“Through the platform of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, Ibha will play an important role in engaging with fans, as well as encouraging and inspiring more women and girls across India and beyond to take part and play the game.”
“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,” LOC Chairman, Praful Patel, additionally stated. “Ibha symbolises braveness and energy, that are core qualities of each lady, whereas additionally embodying the vibrance and visionary spirit of the event.
“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.”
The subsequent version of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will happen in India from October 11 to 30, 2022.