Vuvuzela horns became a rage for all football fans when they were introduced in 2010 FIFA World Cup which was held in South Africa. They became the ‘soundtrack’ of the ‘World Cup’ as whole stadiums drowned in the noise of the plastic horns.
Eight years later, the Russians are introducing ‘Lozhkas’ – musical spoons, to enthral the crowd during this year’s FIFA World Cup. ‘Lozhkas’ are two wooden spoons held back to back and the sound is made by striking the third or by using the other hand.
Branded as “Spoons of Victory”, ‘Lozhkas’ have been recognised as the tournament’s official instrument by the Russian government.
Vuvuzelas faced severe criticism for their length, awkward design and more importantly, for making a lot of noise upon their introduction in the 2010 WC. The high sound pressure raised concerns about permanent hearing loss and they proved to disturb communication between the players and the referees. Though FIFA dismissed the concerns and allowed the use of Vuvuzelas during the matches (except for during national anthems), they were subsequently banned in 2014 as well as 2018 World Cup.
On the other hand, ‘Lozhkas’ are much smaller in size as compared with Vuvuzelas.
Now, the big question is how much sound will ‘Lozhkas’ be able to create during the games.
Meanwhile, FIFA WC 2018 all set-to kick start at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow tomorrow when the hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia. The 32-day long tournament will culminate on July 15. In all, 32 teams would be fighting for the coveted title.