By Shane McGinley
40ft soccer ball was part of a project by Doha Bank and Lulu Hypermarket
Qatar’s Doha Bank has broken a new world record this week by unveiling a 40ft football, crowned the world’s largest by the Guinness World Record organisation.
The soccer ball was unveiled this week at a ceremony in Doha at the Lulu Hypermarket carpark. The record-breaking soccer ball, which is nine feet bigger in diameter than the previous title holder, was designed “to support the country’s growing role in soccer,” a statement said.
“The idea of developing the world’s largest soccer ball or football was to not just set a record but to generate awareness of the role football plays in Qatar at every level of society," said Doha Bank Group CEO Dr R Seetharaman.
The idea is to showcase the football to local, regional and global audiences whilst also helping the state of Qatar communicate the key developments that are being made in building a true and lasting legacy for the sport, through increased awareness globally and an active drive within the local community in the spirit of National Sports Day to participate in community sporting events.”
Qatar is set to host the FIFA 2022 World Cup and is set to invest nearly US$100bn in infrastructure projects over the next decade.