World Cup: Fighter jets escort Lewandowski, Poland teammates to Qatar
The Polish contingents to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar were escorted by fighter jets.
Poland is drawn in Group C along with Mexico, Argentina and Saudi Arabia. The team’s first game is against Mexico on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, critics have questioned the use of military resources in the special World Cup send-off given Robert Lewandowski and his international teammates.
Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak took to public radio on Friday to defend the decision to escort the team plane through Polish airspace the previous day.
“It’s a good sign showing support for our players,” he said.
Blaszczak on Thursday tweeted: “Our players are already on the way to the World Cup in Qatar. They are being escorted by F-16s to the border. Good luck!” .
He also posted a picture of the team’s plane flying next to an F-16.
Blaszczak said the escort was nothing more than regular pilot training.
“The most important assignment for our F-16 pilots is training, and such an exercise took place yesterday,” he said.