Fan strolling from Spain to Qatar World Cup feared lacking in Iran

A Spanish man trekking from Madrid to Doha for the 2022 World Cup has not been heard from because the day after he crossed into Iran three weeks in the past, his household mentioned on Monday.

The skilled trekker, former paratrooper and fervent soccer fan, Santiago Sanchez, was final seen in Iraq after mountain climbing via 15 nations and extensively sharing his journey on a well-liked Instagram account during the last 9 months.

The 41-year-old beforehand mentioned his intention for his journey to Qatar was to learn the way others lived earlier than reaching the primary World Cup host nation within the Arab world, in time for Spain’s first match on Nov. 23.

“The idea of the journey is to motivate and inspire other people to show that they can go very far with very little,” he informed the AP from Sulaymaniyah, a Kurdish metropolis in northeastern Iraq.

Nevertheless, Sanchez’s household final heard from him in an audio message on Oct. 2, a day after he crossed the Iraq-Iran border. He deliberate to go to the Iran’s capital, Tehran, the place a tv station wished to interview him. His subsequent step would have been Bandar Abbas, a port in southern Iran, the place he would journey by boat to Qatar

“We are deeply worried, we can’t stop crying, my husband and I,” his mom, Celia Cogedor, informed The Related Press.

His dad and mom reported him lacking on Oct. 17, they usually mentioned Spain’s police and diplomats have been serving to the household.

“After a few days we didn’t worry about him not posting, it matched what he had said. But after 8 or 9 days, my daughter and his closest friends… we already began to think that we had to report his disappearance,” his mom mentioned.

Spain’s Overseas Ministry mentioned it had no details about Sanchez’s whereabouts, including that the Spanish ambassador to Tehran was dealing with the matter. Calls to the Iranian Overseas Ministry looking for remark weren’t instantly returned.

Sanchez beforehand hung out in Iran in 2019 when he biked an analogous path to get from Madrid to Saudi Arabia.

His dad and mom added: “He has not been making propaganda, neither for nor against any situation. The only thing that moves him is supporting Real Madrid, and walking to get on time to the World Cup in Qatar.”