India ranked seventh in ticket sales


New Delhi: The Indian national team has never played in a World Cup final, but thousands are expected to try it out in Qatar. Of the 1.8 million tickets for the Qatar 2022 World Cup sold across the first two phases, more than 23,500 were purchased by fans in India. After the first phase of ticketing, India ranked seventh in ticket sales.

In Russia 2018, nearly 18,000 fans from India attended. Of all non-competing countries, India had the third largest number of fans in Russia, after only the United States and China.

Air India also announced the addition of 20 new weekly flights to Qatar from major Indian cities. The capacity increase will meet the expected increase in demand surrounding the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, scheduled for November and December 2022.

During this time, the flights, which will start on October 30, will begin in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai, in the Qatari capital, Doha. There will be thirteen flights per week from Mumbai, four from Hyderabad, and three from Chennai. These flights will complement existing daily flights from Delhi to Doha.

With such enthusiasm in the fans, it is strange how the captain of the men’s national team Sunil Chhetri had to post a video by addressing the Indian football team on Twitter urging fans to attend the team’s Asian Cup qualifiers in Kolkata in June this year. Also, in May this year, it was reported that the funding of the All India Football Association (AIFF) had been cut by 85 percent. Last month, FIFA temporarily banned India due to third-party interference.

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