Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup launches match ball ‘al-Rihla’

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Former players Kaka and Iker Casillas were on hand for the launch of the 2022 FIFA World Cup match ball, al-Rihla, near Doha on Wednesday (March 30).

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FIFA claims that the 14th successive ball created by adidas for the FIFA World Cup travels faster in flight than any other in the tournament’s history, which will support high-speed and high-quality games.

Al-Rihla, 'the journey' in Arabic, was designed with sustainability as a priority and is the first FIFA World Cup ball to be made exclusively with water-based inks and glues.

Wednesday’s launch marked the start of al-Rihla’s journey to ten cities across the world, including stops in Dubai, Tokyo, Mexico City and New York.

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