The original FIFA World Cup Trophy will arrive in the city of Colombo on the 23rd of January 2017 before traveling to 50 other countries on its tour itinerary. The arrival and viewing of the FIFA World Cup Trophy will be hosted by Coca-Cola Sri Lanka in partnership with the Football Federation of the country.
The trophy will be brought to Sri Lanka on a special airplane and will be unveiled by President Maithripala Sirisena. On the following day, the prime minister will preside over a public event at the BMICH. However, only 1500 fans will have the opportunity to view the trophy in person.
The trophy will then be taken to the Maldives and finally Russia where this year’s tournament is scheduled to be held.
Sri Lanka, the first nation to receive the trophy will consider it a proud moment after being pushed to 200th in FIFA Rankings earlier this year. Football is not a strange sport for the island but late performances have been below par.
The FIFA World Cup Trophy
The World Cup is a gold trophy introduced in the year 1974. From 1930 to 1970, a different trophy was used but in 1983 the same trophy was stolen and never recovered. The World Cup trophy stands 36.8cm high, weighs 6.8kg and is made of 18 karat gold with a malachite base. The trophy was made in Italy by a company named Stabilimento Artistico Bertoni.
Prior to the trophy’s arrival in Sri Lanka, a press briefing was held and questions were raised on the country’s steps towards recovery after being pushed to 200th in rankings. The federation’s only response was “the 2030 plan”, structured to rebuild football from the scratch.
What is the 2030 Plan?
Despite the interest, it is evident the sport is dying a slow death in the country. The 2030 plan or “Football Vision 2030” is a structured plan to save the sport from completely dying in Sri Lanka.
“We have launched our strategic plan “Football Vision 2030″ in parallel to this event which takes the game to a new height in the country. I stand with pride to be the first minister of sports in the history of the country to receive the most iconic sporting symbol, the FIFA World Cup,” said the Hon Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara at the press briefing at the Sports Ministry.
Details of this plan are yet to be disclosed but the idea is to develop football from grass root level.
The FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place from 14th June to the 15th of July 2018 in Russia. The current holder of the trophy is Germany, winner of the 2014 World Cup.
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