Six young stars from Qatar Foundation’s (QF) sport and community programmes have taken center stage at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ at the invitation of the Wanda Group, an official global Partner of world football’s governing body FIFA.
The high school students were given the unforgettable opportunity to participate in the ‘FIFA Flag Bearers’ programme, which saw them join youth from around the world in carrying the FIFA flag on the pitch before kick-off in the competition’s two semi-finals, played in the French city of Lyon.
The Wanda Group has rights to FIFA’s Youth Programme at every one of the governing body’s tournaments, selecting children to be FIFA Flag Bearers during the pre-match ceremonies. Ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, the Chinese conglomerate and QF are set to continue working closely together through their shared focus on youth empowerment, cultural exchange, and inspiring young people through sport.
During their time in France, the students from Qatar – Fatima Al-Naimi, Alya Al-Naimi, Haya Al-Naimi, Farah Mohammed, Nihad Rizal, and Shameem Taha – also toured the city and took part in QF-hosted activities. Alya said: “As a Qatari, I’m proud of my country because it is going to be hosting a World Cup, and I’m very happy and excited to have been in France for the Women’s World Cup.”