Ibha, the word which means courage and strong, Ibha is chosen as the official mascot for FIFA world U-17 women’s world cup which is to be held after one year from 11 to 30th of October. The reason to choose Ibha is a lioness strong, fierce, and self-reliant. Which indicates women empowerment and feminism. This campaign aims to make realize Indian girls about their power and potentials, And the strength of teamwork and resilience.
Speaking about today’s launch, Sarai Bareman, FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer, said:
“Ibha is a really exciting and inspiring character, one that young fans across India and around the world will have huge fun enjoying and interact within in the lead-up to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 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. Through the platform of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, Ibha will play an important role in engaging with fans, as well as encouraging and inspiring more women and girls across India and beyond to take part and play the game.”
“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.
“Today also being International Day of the Girl Child, it is an appropriate occasion to reveal the mascot who will stand for a powerful and lively image that will inspire women to take new strides in not just football, but in other walks of life too.” Said LOC, Chairman Praful Patel.
FIFA today unveiled an Asiatic lioness, known as #Ibha, as the Official Mascot for the FIFA #U17WWC India 2022.
Representing women power, #Ibha is a strong, playful & charming Asiatic lioness that aims to encourage women by using teamwork,resilience,kindness & empowering others. pic.twitter.com/9NorOAT4cK
— Praful Patel (@praful_patel) October 11, 2021
People across India retweeted this tweet and appreciate this way too much. Here are some notable mentions.
Naveen Patnaik, CM of Orrisa:
Glad to know that @FIFAWWC has unveiled #U17WWC mascot #Ibha, an Asiatic lioness with video featuring the splendid #KonarkTemple. As the game is set to start next year, #Odisha welcomes you to unravel its #BestKeptSecrets, starting with magnificent #KalingaStadium as host venue. https://t.co/3pePIw5cH2
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) October 12, 2021
Shaji Prabhakaran :
— Shaji Prabhakaran (@Shaji4Football) October 11, 2021