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World Cup 2022 kicks off with opening ceremony 

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    The opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2022 has started at the Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor in Qatar World Cup 2022 kicks off with opening ceremony 
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Opening ceremony starts. Lights out. The opening ceremony has started. Mobile phones lighting up the darkened stadium.

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An opening video sequence saw a dream to kick progress from an infant in the womb to become a procession through the desert leading to the tent-shaped Al Bayt Stadium, via some space whales.

The organisers and Fifa have talked a lot about inclusivity – of the right kind of course – which was embodied in a sequence where Morgan Freeman and Ghanim al-Muftah spoke about overcoming differences. Al-Muftah is a Qatari who was born with Caudal Regression Syndrome which prevents the development of the lower spine, and he is a local social media personality.

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani was a popular figure with the crowd when he appeared, and he smiled broadly after there was a video montage sequence which showed him playing football as a young boy in the 1970s or 1980s.

Same-sex relationships are illegal in Qatar. Earlier this month, former Qatar international footballer and World Cup ambassador Khalid Salman said that homosexuality was “damage in the mind”.

Nevertheless al-Thani said the event gathered people of all nationalities and beliefs. “From Qatar, from the Arab world, I welcome everyone to the World Cup 2022. How lovely it is that people can put aside what divides them to celebrate their diversity and what brings them together all at once.”

Organisers say the seven-act narration is guided by “a strong visual concept, a bespoke musical project and world class talents, interlacing Qatari tradition with worldwide culture”.

Morgan Freeman is on the stage, talking about unity.

“There is a common thread of hope, jubilation and respect,” says Morgan Freeman, whose surname feels like an act of trolling given his role today.

 France legend Marcel Desailly presented the World Cup trophy in front of the fans. The opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2022 has kicked off at the Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor in Qatar. The event takes place ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022 opener between Qatar and Ecuador in the Group A. The opening ceremony kicks off at 8 PM IST. South Korea's famous band BTS' singer, Jungkook is slated to perform in the opening ceremony among others.