New Delhi: Ibha, an Asiatic lioness, is the official mascot of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 in India.
Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) unveiled the mascot on Monday, October 11, which coincides with International Day of the Girl Child. Interestingly, the video for mascot launch was shot at the Sun Temple in Odisha’s Konark.
Ibha aims to inspire women and girls across India and around the world to realise their potential.
FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be held in India next year. “2022 is on course to be a hugely significant year for women’s football, with future stars of the game set to showcase their skills in India — just nine months before the FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off in Australia and New Zealand in 2023,” said Sarai Bareman, FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer.
LOC Chairman Praful Patel added, “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. Ibha symbolises courage and strength, which are core qualities of every woman, while also embodying the vibrance and visionary spirit of the tournament.
Meet Ibha™, Official #U17WWC Mascot. India 2022 starts in one year today.
Ibha translates to ‘one with good vision or judgement’ and is a strong, playful Asiatic Lioness aiming to inspire women and girls using teamwork, perseverance, kindness and by empowering others. pic.twitter.com/t02AGBjbSA
— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) October 11, 2021