Indian Embassy in Qatar launches helpline for FIFA WC fans

Doha: Indian fans heading to Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be able to reach out to a dedicated Indian Embassy helpline in case of any emergency or to seek the required help.

The fans can dial the Indian Embassy helpline for FIFA fans or send a WhatsApp message to the mentioned numbers. They can also reach out by sending an email or alternatively visit the Indian Embassy or the Indian Embassy help desk at the International Consular Services Centre (ICSC), Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC), West Bay.

The following numbers are listed for calling or to send WhatsApp messages: +974 3993 1874, +974 3993 6759, +974 3993 4308.

The fans can also call +974 5564 7502 or +974 5566 7569 or reach out to the help desk at the International Consular Services Centre ayt +974 4012 4809, or communicate with the Indian Embassy via the official email — [email protected].

The Embassy of India in Qatar is located at Villa No. 86 & 90, Al Eithra Street, Zone 63 Onaiza, Doha.

The football showpiece event, the first to be held in the Middle East, will kick off on November 20, in which 32 teams will compete. The final will be held on December 18 at Lusail Stadium.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), organisers of the World Cup, has already opened the International Consular Services Centre (ICSC) at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre (DECC).

The ICSC will support fans coming for this year’s World Cup from all the 31 nations which qualified for the event along with hosts Qatar, and India.

As of now three million tickets have been sold which amount to 95 per cent sales.

A significant number of people from India have bought tickets and at the end of the two phases of ticket sales, out of the 1.8 million tickets sold, more than 23,500 were bought by fans in India.

Japan first team to arrive in Qatar for FIFA World Cup

Doha (Qatar): Members of the Samurai Blue have started arriving in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup with a small group of players and officials checking into the official hotel while another group was set to arrive on later.

Japan are placed in Group E alongside Spain, Costa Rica and Germany and will open their group campaign with a match against Germany on Wednesday (23 November). They will then face Costa Rica on Sunday 27 November and Spain on Thursday 1 December. The top two finishers in each group will advance to the knockout stage.

Canada, playing in the World Cup Finals after 36-year drought, having last qualified in 1986, will open their group campaign with a match against Belgium on November 23, followed by Croatia on November 27 and will conclude their group league engagements with a match against Morocco on December 1.

Japan has the best record for an Asian country at the World Cup having reached the knockout stage of the tournament three times, the most by any Asian nation and Moriyasu ‘s side is aiming to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in their seventh appearance at the FIFA World Cup finals.

In the 2018 World Cup, Japan became the first ever Asian nation to beat a side from South America, after they won 2-1 against Colombia in the group stage. The team made it to the pre quarter finals knockout round but lost to Belgium, 3-2.

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