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5 billion dreams; more than half of the world's population expected to watch Qatar World Cup

5 billion dreams; more than half of the worlds population expected to watch Qatar World Cup

Bali: At the ongoing G20 summit held at Indonesia, Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA said that the upcoming Qatar World Cup is expected to be viewed by five billion people, more than half of the world population.

At the event, he called on world leaders to set aside tensions and conflicts to enjoy the quadrennial football fiesta which is scheduled to take place from November 20 to December 18.

"The World Cup should be an occasion for joy and unity. It should send a message of hope," Said Infantino.

Infantino said that football is also an important economic activity with a global GDP of hundreds of billions of US dollars, creating millions of jobs and bolstering economic growth.

Noting China's plan to bid to host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2031, the FIFA head said that the move, together with China's involvement in football clubs and youth football, helps address regional imbalances in football development, and is crucial for the overall development of the sport.

He said that FIFA has been discussing how to implement a footballing culture in China, with the hope of making young boys and girls dream of becoming football players, and teaching them team spirit and respect for each other.

"Football touches the emotions of people. It is about passion and inclusion," Infantino added.

- Inputs from IANS

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