Arabic to Become 5th Official FIFA Language
SIERRA LEONE, Freetown: The football world governing body FIFA has on Saturday, 18th December announced its proposal championed by President Gianni Infantino for the Arabic Language to become its fifth official language after English, French, German and Spanish languages have since been approved.
The announcement was made on a historic day, when the world was celebrating the United Nations (UN’s) World Arabic Language Day with the maiden edition of the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021.
FIFA in a statement believed the proposal is “in recognition of the importance of the Arabic language, which is spoken not only by the 450 million people that live in the more than 20 Arabic-speaking countries but also by millions of Arabs worldwide. The FIFA President will propose that Arabic becomes an official language of FIFA.
“The FIFA President’s proposal stems from long-term discussions with stakeholders in Qatar and those across the MENA region, and coincides with the conclusion of the FIFA Arab Cup, which successfully brought together 23 national teams in a celebration of football and unity across the Middle East and Arab world.” The December 18, media release further read. ARW/22/12/2021
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