* Football commentators sought to provide service for blind and partially sighted fans
 Registration is now open for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 audio descriptive commentary training, it has been announced.
"This is your chance to commentate on matches during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022," the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) said in a press statement. Tournament organisers are seeking people to provide audio descriptive commentary for blind and partially sighted fans during this year’s World Cup, which will run from November 21 to December 18.
Both Arabic and English speakers are needed for the project, which will provide free training from March 19 until October. Interested applicants must submit a 60-second audio recording of themselves commentating on a football match of their choice, in either Arabic or English. Candidates will be assessed on their overall aptitude for commentating and the quality of the audio recording.
The project is being organised by the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC (Q22) in collaboration with Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s Translation and Interpreting Institute (TIL) and the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE).
FIFA has provided audio descriptive commentary at major tournaments since 2014; however, the service was offered in Arabic for the first time at last year’s FIFA Arab Cup, which was hosted by Qatar. Fans can avail the service by downloading an app to their personal device. The service provides detailed play-by-play updates, including the reaction on players’ faces and the atmosphere in the stadium.
Q22 Sustainability senior manager Jose Retana said, “After a successful trial run at select matches during the FIFA Arab Cup, we are keen to provide audio descriptive commentary on a wider scale during Qatar 2022. Having the ability to provide the service in the Arabic language encapsulates the legacy this World Cup is going to deliver.”
Blind football fan Faisal al-Kohaji, from Qatar, listened to the commentary during FIFA Arab Cup matches.
He said, “The commentary allowed me to immerse myself in the game. I love football and I want to know exactly what’s going on with my favourite players, and how the team is performing, and this was one of the first times in the stands where I got to experience that.”
“In the past, I had to rely on the description of a sighted friend or make do by listening to a time-delayed video of the match on my phone,” adde al-Kohaji. “But this technology allows me to enjoy the action on the pitch in the same way as everyone else.”
Visit https://tii.qa/ADC22 to apply for the programme and for further information.
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