Newdelhi:12/10/21:World football body FIFA on Monday unveiled the official mascot of the U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022 — Ibha — an Asiatic lioness representing women’s power.
According to a release issued by the global body, Ibha aims to inspire women and girls across India and around the world to realise their potential.
The tournament will be held in India from October 11-30 next year.
The announcement coincided with the International Day of the Girl Child.
“Ibha is a strong, playful and charming Asiatic lioness that aims to inspire and encourage women and girls by using teamwork, resilience, kindness and empowering others.”
In addition to the meaning behind her name, which approximately translates in Khasi as “one with good vision or judgment”, Ibha also hopes to encourage girls in India and around the world to make the right decisions and reach their full potential.
“Ibha is a really exciting and inspiring character, one that young fans across India and around the world will have huge fun enjoying and interacting within the lead-up to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India next year,” said Sarai Bareman, FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer.
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.