Dsport - a premium sports TV channel launched by Discovery Communications India, specifically for the Indian subcontinent - will broadcast the Round 2 draw for Asian qualifiers to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 preliminary competition. The draw will be broadcast Live and exclusive to the Indian audience on DSPORT from 2:30 pm (IST) on July 17.
Commenting on the deal on behalf of DSPORT, the official broadcaster, RC Venkateish, MD & CEO, Lex Sportel, said, “This is a big opportunity for us. FIFA World Cup is the most anticipated tournament in the world. We as a broadcaster are overwhelmed to become a part of this epic journey.”
The draw which will be held at the AFC House, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will feature top 40 nations who will be drawn into five groups of eight teams. The seeding of the draw is based on the FIFA/Coca Cola Rankings as of June 14, 2019.
In the first round of the Preliminary Joint Qualification, teams ranked 35-46 in Asia were pitted against each other in two pools. After the matches of round 1, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Guam, Malaysia and Mongolia advanced to Round 2 while the decision on the match between Macau and Sri Lanka is still pending.