Doha, 21 November 2022 (TDI): The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, along with his wife Jeannette Kagame joined other leaders in Doha, Qatar for the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Last evening in Doha, President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame attended the evening reception hosted by HH Sheikh @TamimBinHamad, Amir of Qatar and joined other world leaders at the opening ceremony of the #FIFAWorldCup #Qatar2022. pic.twitter.com/p99dlTu0OL
— Presidency | Rwanda (@UrugwiroVillage) November 21, 2022
Paul Kagame attended the event to depict his initiative to promote sports diplomacy in his home country, Rwanda, even though they are not participating in the games for this year.
It is pertinent to note that Rwanda has been one of the leading countries in Africa in terms of diplomatic affairs when it comes to cultural and public diplomacy. They have continued to show their aim to promote it everywhere.
The opening ceremony, which is usually held for every beginning session of the FIFA World Cup, is to ensure that stakeholders and leaders assemble. This year’s ceremony was graced by many popular personalities and figures.
In this vein, the presence of some African leaders has shown their relationship with sports diplomacy and the need for collaboration between them and the government of Qatar.
Leaders such as Macky Sall, the President of Senegal, George Weah, the President of Liberia, the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and many more representatives attended the ceremony.
The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and many other World Leaders were also present at the ceremony. Antonio Guterres has always enunciated the significance of sports in the fight against climate justice.
Moreover, the President of the Federation International Football Association (FIFA), Gianni Infantino in his opening speech made it clear that all countries will be respected according to the standards and roles of FIFA.
He further encouraged other World Leaders and supporters to abide by the laws of the host nation, Qatar. Finally, as part of the ceremony the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame met many world leaders to promote diplomatic ties among nations.