India leads volunteer initiative registrations for 2022 FIFA World Cup

As many as 20,000 Indians have applied to be volunteers in the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar.

Qatar World Cup 2022 venue Al Wakrah stadium   -  Getty Images

Whether the Indian football team features in the Qatar 2022 World Cup or not, the country is certain on making its mark at the football extravaganza. The organisers of the tournament opened up a portal for enthusiasts to sign up as volunteers and the first week saw as many as 20,000 Indians apply.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy’s volunteer initiative has received 'overwhelming' success with 141,215 people having so far signed up. The volunteer initiative was launched on September 2 and will remain open to build up interest for the first FIFA World Cup in the Arab country.   

Among other registrations, there are more than 7,200 Qatari nationals to volunteer, over 10,000 Omanis and 9,800 Jordanians. There are also 12,000 Egyptians, 10,500 Moroccans and 8,000 Algerians, making up for the other nations signing up for the volunteer initiative.

“Football is the world’s game, and we have said from day one of the 2022 World Cup bidding process that this would be a tournament not only for Qatar, but also the entire MENA region and Asia," said Mead Al Emadi, the SC’s community engagement manager. 

“The incredible number of people we have seen register their interest already – and breadth of backgrounds and nationalities among them – further demonstrates this to be the case. I am pleased to say the launch has already been an overwhelming success,” he added.

Volunteers can register and contribute towards numerous Qatar 2022 milestones, including stadium launches and test events. They will support a range of functions, including event management, hospitality, marketing, communications, audience management, security, medical services and more.

To register your interest in becoming a volunteer click here.

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