Fan walking from Spain to Qatar World Cup feared missing in Iran

A Spaniard marching from Madrid to Doha for the 2022 World Cup has not been heard from the day after he entered Iran three weeks ago, his family said on Monday.

Veteran trekker, ex-paratrooper and ardent football fan Santiago Sanchez was last seen in Iraq after trekking across 15 countries over the past nine months and sharing his journey at length on a popular Instagram account.

The 41-year-old previously said his intention for his trip to Qatar is to learn how others live before reaching the first World Cup host country in the Arab world in time for Spain’s first game on November 23.

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

However, Sanchez’s family last heard from him in an audio message on October 2, the day after he crossed the Iraq-Iran border. He wanted to go to the Iranian capital, Tehran, where a television station wanted to interview him. His next step would have been Bandar Abbas, a port city in southern Iran, from where he would travel to Qatar by boat

“We are deeply concerned, we can’t stop crying, my husband and I,” his mother Celia Cogedor told the Associated Press.

His parents reported him missing on October 17 and said Spain’s police and diplomats were helping the family.

“After a few days we weren’t worried that he hadn’t posted anything, it was consistent with what he had said. But after 8 or 9 days, my daughter and his closest friends … we were already starting to think that we had to report his disappearance,” his mother said.

Spain’s Foreign Ministry said it had no information on Sanchez’s whereabouts, adding that the Spanish ambassador in Tehran was handling the matter. Calls to the Iranian Foreign Ministry for comment were not immediately answered.

Sanchez previously spent time in Iran in 2019 when he cycled a similar route to get from Madrid to Saudi Arabia.

His parents added: “He hasn’t made any propaganda, either for or against any situation. The only thing that moves him is supporting Real Madrid and walking to get to the World Cup in Qatar on time.”

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Emma Bowman

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