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Watch: ‘Yma o Hyd’ played at World Cup opening ceremony

20 Nov 2022 3 minute read
A giant World Cup Trophy during the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2022 at the Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor. Picture by Mike Egerton / PA Wire

Wales’ World Cup anthem ‘Yma o Hyd’ was played at the World Cup opening ceremony in Qatar.

The Dafydd Iwan song was played a quarter of an hour into the ceremony as the flags and football shirts of all the competing nations were taken out onto the pitch at the Al Bayt stadium in Doha.

The organisers played a snippet from a song from every competing nation, finishing with a few bars of ‘Yma o Hyd’ sung by a choir.

The BBC and ITV decided not to show the World Cup opening ceremony on TV, with the broadcast focusing on Qatar’s human rights record. Neither was the moment included in a BBC highlight reel of the opening ceremony later published online.

The performance was however broadcast in many nations worldwide and recorded by some in the stadium itself.

Qatar’s welcome to the world had an international flavour, featuring Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman and K-pop star Jung Kook from BTS.

The country’s ruler, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, declared the tournament open.

The hope of Infantino and the local organisers is that once the first ball rolls, the political debate will quieten, if not stop entirely.

But despite all the talk of inclusion in this ceremony, in a stadium modelled on a nomad’s tent, it was one in which the LGBTQ+ community for one does not feel welcome.

Kick It Out’s Qatar working group says despite repeated requests, proper reassurances over safety have not been given and LGBTQ+ fans have largely stayed away from a country that criminalises same-sex relationships.

Other LGBTQ+ groups have indicated they are staying away to protect the community within Qatar, who Human Rights Watch says are targeted by the authorities – something the government strongly deny.

The plight of the migrant workers who helped build Qatar’s infrastructure has also been highlighted frequently in the run-in to this tournament and has been too much for some to swallow.

Right up to the opening day the finals have featured controversial moments. Even this week, questions have been raised over where the power lies at this tournament after FIFA sponsors Budweiser were barred from selling beer within the stadium perimeters.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who insists he is “200 per cent in control” of these finals, launched an extraordinary defence of Qatar on Saturday, accusing Europe of hypocrisy over its criticism of the Middle East state.

His view is that football’s soft power can accelerate change and that it has done in Qatar, an indication that it is entirely possible countries with similar human rights records to Qatar could host a World Cup in the future.

Human rights criteria can and will be applied, but they will only be a factor for FIFA’s 211 member associations to consider, with Saudi Arabia reportedly keen to co-host in 2030.


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Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
10 days ago

Well it would never make it onto the BBC highlight reel because it’s not England.
We only pay for the EBC. We can’t expect it to represent us.
On the other hand, it’s Qatar so who cares? Stick to watching the matches. Ignore the rest

Last edited 10 days ago by Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Riki
Riki
10 days ago

Spot on – British in name only. You have to admit that It’s impressive how they’ve cornered the “British” market when they aren’t even Culturally British.

Nia James
Nia James
10 days ago

It is absolutely disgraceful that we were denied the opportunity to view this momentous occasion.

Jack
Jack
10 days ago
Reply to  Nia James

Instead we had to listen to Lineker and his woke English friends virtue signalling.
Disgrace. Shame on the EBC.

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
9 days ago
Reply to  Jack

What’s this woke thing people keep talking about? 🤔

Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
9 days ago
Reply to  Owain Morgan

“Woke” is used by ignorant people for anything they don’t like or understand

Last edited 9 days ago by Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Glen
Glen
10 days ago

Why should the British Brainwashing Corporation be allowed to decide what we can and cannot watch?

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
9 days ago
Reply to  Glen

ITV didn’t show it either. Care to comment on that?

Malcolm rj
Malcolm rj
9 days ago
Reply to  Owain Morgan

We don’t pay to watch ITV

Malcolm rj
Malcolm rj
9 days ago
Reply to  Glen

Spot on they’ have always been against Wales

Maglocunos
Maglocunos
10 days ago

We know what we’ve gotta do …

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
9 days ago

“Neither the BBC or ITV showed it.” (Comments only refer to the BBC) 🙄😒

Malcolm rj
Malcolm rj
9 days ago

Why should we pay for the EBC television license if you live in Wales

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