The mascot of the Asian Cup consists of "Sabouk, Tambaki, Zakriti, Trina and Freiha" (Qena Sports)

The Local Organising Committee of the AFC Asian Cup in Qatar on Friday unveiled the tournament's mascot, which came in the form of a family of jerboas, during a ceremony held in Msheireb in central Doha with a large crowd.

The talisman consisted of a family of 5 jerboas and was first introduced to the world at the 2011 Asian Cup.

The talisman includes family members "having grown up, matured and ready to be part of a new edition of the Asian Cup".

The mascot family has been known to football fans for 12 years when Qatar hosted the 15th edition of the continental tournament.

The family embodies the vibrancy and dynamism of the footballer, reflects teamwork and celebrates the importance of family life in Qatar and the region.

Hassan Rabiah Al Kuwari, executive director of communications at the AFC Asian Cup Local Organising Committee, said in a statement that the return of the mascot to this year's edition of the tournament "is a clear demonstration of a long legacy of excellence in hosting major sporting events in Qatar."

"The mascot of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023 evokes great memories that take us back to 2011 when Qatar hosted the Asian Championship, and the mascot embodies the excitement, vitality and energy of a tournament that will surely be another spectacular edition that brings together fans from the region, the continent and the world," said Al Kuwari.

"Inspired by Qatar's natural environment, the talisman characters provide us with a new opportunity to shed light on our heritage and introduce football fans around the world to our culture and traditions."

The AFC Asian Cup will take place from 12 January to 10 February 2024.

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Source: Agencies