The Vice President of Ecuador will attend the opening match of Qatar 2022

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Alfredo Borrero will be in Doha on behalf of President Guillermo Lasso to witness the Qatar-Ecuador game

The vice president of Ecuador will attend the Opening match of Qatar 2022


Yalilé LoaizaFrom Quito

 The Vice President of Ecuador will attend the opening match of Qatar 2022

The Vice President of Ecuador, Alfredo Borrero, will travel to Qatar for the opening match of the 2022 World Cup. (EFE/Jose Jacome/File)

Alfredo Borrero, Vice President of Ecuador will travel to Doha, the capital of Qatar on the Persian Gulf peninsula, to attend the opening match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 between the host team and the Ecuadorian team. Said match will be played this Sunday from 11:00 a.m., in the time zone for Ecuador.

This is the second trip that President Lasso has had to delegate because, this time, of the unstable situation in the country as a result of the prison crisis that is barely showing its first results these days. President Lasso had to reject the invitation made by the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who has a wonderful relationship with Ecuador.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, 42, is currently the Emir of Qatar, coming from the Al Thani dynasty. The Qatari sheikh has held the throne since June 25, 2013, when his father, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, announced to the royal family and government advisers who are prominent figures in Qatari society that he was ready to abdicate the throne. in favor of his son.

The vice president of Ecuador will attend the opening match of Qatar 2022

The Ecuadorian vice president will arrive in Doha, the capital of Qatar, accompanied by his wife. (REUTERS/John Sibley)

On October 30, 2018, the government of former President Lenín Moreno awarded him the National Order of Merit medal, which is the highest civilian award given by a President of the Republic in Ecuador, being only less important than the National Medal of San Lorenzo, which is of a military type.

It was reported that Vice President Borrero will travel on a commercial plane accompanied by his wife and a security committee. It was also confirmed that the costs of the air tickets and the stay in Qatar of the president and his wife will be borne by Borrero, even if he attends an official delegation.

Timely, the president Guillermo Lasso sent his apologies to the Qatari emir indicating the reasons for his absence and the urgency of his permanence in Ecuador due to the current security crisis the country is going through. In the foreground, the ambassador of Ecuador in Qatar, Pascual del Cioppo, confirmed the presence of Lasso at the meeting.

However, on Wednesday, November 9, the Secretariat of Communication modified the official version and communicated the gratitude sent by the Ecuadorian president “to the Emir of Qatar (and to) the invitation he gave me to witness the opening match between the teams of Qatar and Ecuador and I apologized for not attending this great event due to the security situation in the country.” This is how the letter signed by President Guillermo Lasso sent to the Sheikh of Qatar reads. Immediately, President Lasso authorized Vice President Alfredo Borrero, second in command in Ecuador's public administration, to attend the event featured in the invitation.

The vice president of Ecuador will attend the opening match of Qatar 2022

President Guillermo Lasso delegated his participation in the opening match of the World Cup as he is in charge of leading security actions in the face of the wave of violence in Ecuador.

This is the second international trip that the president has canceled due to to the uncertain security situation in the country. A few weeks ago, President Lasso suspended a brief vacation to Orlando in the United States that coincided with a national holiday.

Ecuador and Qatar will play the first match of the World Cup next Sunday, November 20 at 11:00 a.m. for Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium located in the coastal city of Jor and which is currently the headquarters of the Al-Khor Sports Club. In Jor there is a temperature of 30 degrees, a wind chill of 35 degrees and a humidity of 32%.

The confrontation will be a duel between the Qatari team led by midfielder Khalid Muneer Mazeed current star of Al-Wakrah, Hassan Al Haydos striker at Al-Sadd Sports and midfielder Almoez Ali at Al-Duhaik S. C. de the Qatar Soccer League.

Representing Ecuador are Pervis Estupiñán, defender at Brighton & Hove Albion of the English Premier League, Piero Hincapie, defender for Bayer Leverkusen of the German Bundesliga, or Gonzalo Plata, winger for Real Valladolid of the First Division of Spain.