Mo Qiu, a student from Danzhai No. 2 Middle School in Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou province, never expected she would be one of the flag bearers at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and be the first one to walk across the lawn of the Luzhniki Olympic Stadium.
At the audition of the "Little Flag-bearers for 2018 FIFA World Cup” organized by Wanda Group in Danzhai, 6 teenagers out of 4,000 students will carry the FIFA flag at the World Cup’s opening game. 14-year-old Mo Qiu said excitedly to the reporter, “I have been longing to travel outside of the mountainous region, and have a look at the world outside. Walking into Russian stadiums, I want to demonstrate the spirit of Danzhai to the entire world!”
Mo Qiu is a member of the school’s woman’s football team. In her view, the unique charm of football is about team spirit and tests of endurance. When exercising with team members in the rain, she suffered an ankle ligament injury. After a one-month rest and recovery from the injury, she devoted herself to the strenuous exercise again. “This is the charm of football. It’s worth the struggle, and I will carry on.” Upon departing for Moscow, Mo Qiu is busy choosing the special Miao-style folk dress and prepared to showcase Miao culture on the World Cup stage. She said, “This travel may change my fate, and help move myself closer to my dream.”