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 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.
Meet Ibha™, Official #U17WWC Mascot. India 2022 starts in one year today.
Ibha translates to ‘one with good vision or judgement’ and is a strong, playful Asiatic Lioness aiming to inspire women and girls using teamwork, perseverance, kindness and by empowering others. pic.twitter.com/t02AGBjbSA
— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) October 11, 2021
“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 judgement”, Ibha also hopes to encourage girls in India and around the world to take 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 with in 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.