The 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Qatar on Sunday (November 20) and a grand opening ceremony as always expected to kick off the biggest sporting event in the world. One of the most memorable opening ceremonies was in South Africa in 2010, when Colombian pop star Shakira set the stage on fire with her song ‘Waka, Waka’.
However, the criticism aimed at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has led some of the top performers to turn down the chance to be at the opening ceremony. Two of the biggest attractions, Dua Lipa and Rod Stewart, have already turned down the chance to perform on Sunday.
Shakira has her own personal issues and her attendance at the World Cup in Qatar drew criticism on social media. According to ‘El programa de Ana Rosa’, Shakira will not perform at the ceremony after changing her mind several days before the start of the World Cup.
“It has been confirmed to me that Shakira will not perform at the opening ceremony, but they will not say whether she will play another role at the World Cup,” Adriana Dorronsoro told Spanish newspaper Marca.
— Shakira (@shakira) November 14, 2022
Sandra Aladro, another contributor to the Telecinco program, said she spoke with the artist’s entourage. “They’ve confirmed she won’t be performing,” Aladro said. “She was supposed to be a guest artist. Now she will have to send a statement to explain everything.”
Difference in prize money World Cup 2022 is an obstacle to equal pay
The 2022 FIFA World Cup prize money remains a sticking point for equality in soccer, despite the historic equal pay agreement between US Soccer and their men’s and women’s teams. Earlier this year, the U.S. national teams decided to split the prize money, meaning that proceeds from playing in the sport’s most prestigious tournaments will be split equally between the players on both teams – after the federation cuts a share of the top taken.
It was a groundbreaking agreement, hailed as an important step for equality even outside of sport. But other countries have not followed suit.
The crux of the matter is the huge difference in prize money between the men’s and women’s tournaments – and how this is ultimately passed on by federations to their players. FIFA has earmarked $440 million in prize money for this year’s Men’s World Cup. The winner in Qatar will take home $42 million.
The US Women won $4 million from a $30 million pot at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. FIFA President Gianni Infantino has proposed doubling the prize money for the event in 2023, but the field has expanded from 24 to 32 teams.
(with input from the agency)