FIFA World Cup 2018 Trophy Tour begins from Colombo in South Asia

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NPL Sports, 24th Jan: The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour kicked-off its South Asia journey from Colombo of Sri Lanka on Tuesday, run-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, which kicks-off on June 14.

Christian Karembeu (right) along with Prime Ministe Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara unveil FIFA World Cup Trophy during tour to Colombo in Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Photo: Agency

The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola began its journey from Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium in Russia on September 9, 2017 and will reach 54 countries including Pakistan and Maldives in the region.

It was scheduled to officially hand over the trophy to the President Maithripala Sirisena at The Shangri-La Ball Room of Hotel Shangri-La, however, the President did not show up and cancelled his visit.

From right Prime Ministe Ranil Wickremesinghe, Christian Karembeu former French national football player (right) along with and Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara unveil FIFA World Cup Trophy during tour to Colombo in Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Photo: Udipt Singh

Only head of the state gets that elusive opportunity to lift the FIFA World Cup Trophy during a trophy tour.

Former national team player Christian Karembeu Christian also winning team member of FIFA World Cup 1998 along with Football Federation of Sri Lanka Anura de Silva and President, Coca-Cola India & South West Asia T. Krishnakumar attended trophy unveil ceremony.

FIFA World Cup Trophy is 14.5 inches tall weighs in at 6.142 kilograms and is made of 18-carat gold.

Earlier, Coca-Cola, long-term partner of FIFA took an ambitious journey by taking the original FIFA World Cup Trophy for the first time in 2006 and flying it around the globe.

In previous edition in December 2013, FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour had visited Nepal, India, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

FIFA World Cup Trophy covered by black cloth before unveiling at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

Christian Karembeu (right) along with Prime Ministe Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara unveil FIFA World Cup Trophy during tour to Colombo in Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

From right Prime Ministe Ranil Wickremesinghe, Christian Karembeu former French national football player (right) along with and Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara unveil FIFA World Cup Trophy during tour to Colombo in Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

A artist performs folk dance during the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

A huge crowd of public gather to witness unveling of FIFA World Cup Trophy at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

Water fountain at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall ready to unveil FIFA World Cup Trophy in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall ready to unveil FIFA World Cup Trophy in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

FIFA World Cup Trophy on display for public in hall of Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

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