All about the opening ceremony

Paul Rouget, Media365: published on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 11:14 a.m.

Find all the information on the opening ceremony of the World Cup, which takes place on Sunday in Qatar. And some singing stars have refused to perform there, like Rod Stewart, despite a golden bridge.

It is therefore this Sunday, at 7 p.m. local time (5 p.m. in France), that will open in Qatar the first winter World Cup in history, with a match between the host country and Ecuador at Al-Bayt Stadium in Al-Khor, north of the capital, Doha. And a certain mystery still surrounds the opening ceremony, which will be broadcast in France from 3:40 p.m. on beIN Sports and from 4:20 p.m. on TF1. Only Jungkook, the singer of the famous K-pop group BTS, has so far been made official, while Shakira has been announced, but the presence of the Colombian, who performed “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, is not yet confirmed. The French rapper Gims, present on one of the official songs of the competition, should also be part of it, while the organizers announced that Robbie Williams, already present in Russia four years ago, the Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta, Maroon 5, Major Lazer and Enrique Iglesias will perform at concerts organized during the competition.

But some singing stars have refused to perform in the emirate, despite large sums being offered. This is the case of Rod Stewart. “I was actually offered a lot of money, over a million dollars, to play there 15 months ago. I refused. It’s not good to go there. The Iranians should also be ostracized for supplying weapons. You know what, fans have to be careful, don’t you think?” the Englishman told the Sunday Times. Her compatriot Dua Lipa will not be one either, and she explains it on Instagram, mentioning in particular the question of human rights in Qatar, which does not fail to cause controversy. “There is a lot of speculation that I will perform at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar. I will not perform and I have never been involved in any negotiation to perform. I will be cheering England on from afar and look forward to visiting Qatar when they fulfill all the human rights promises they made when they won the right to host the Cup of the world”, wrote the Briton.

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