01 April 2021
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Philatelic Programme has been launched with the issue of two stamps showing the Qatar 2022 logo.
The first two stamps celebrating the holding of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, set to kick off in Qatar on 21 November 2022, have been released.
The two stamps each feature the official emblem of the football tournament.
According to FIFA, the sport's world governing body, the emblem represents 'the undulations of desert dunes and the unbroken loop depicts both the number eight – a reminder of the eight astonishing stadiums that will host matches – and the infinity symbol, reflecting the interconnected nature of the event.
'Besides echoing the shape of the iconic FIFA World Cup Trophy, the emblem’s central form takes inspiration from a traditional woollen shawl. During winter months, shawls are worn around the world and in the Arab and Gulf region in particular by a variety of people and in various styles.'
The stamp series will continue in 2022 with stamps celebrating the Qatari stadiums, the capital city Doha, the Official Mascot, Official Poster and the 'fascinating history of Qatari football' – cynics who have questioned Qatar's football heritage may suggest this history could fit on a postage stamp.
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Meanwhile, FIFA have also stated that further designs will highlight the heritage of the World Cup.
FIFA’s Head of Licensing & Retail, Sarah Bohner said:
'In Qatar, the FIFA World Cup Philatelic Programme will allow people to share their excitement on a daily basis.
'The striking designs will provide locals with a daily reminder of the game-changing global football spectacle that is on the horizon. For collectors around the world, the stamps will build anticipation ahead of Qatar 2022 and inspire memories that will last a lifetime.'