FIFA World Cup trophy arrives in Sri Lanka to kick off global tour
The FIFA World Cup trophy arrived in Sri Lanka late on Tuesday and was unveiled by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at two separate eventsfootball Updated: Jan 24, 2018 16:56 IST
The World Cup trophy has arrived in Sri Lanka for the first time as the most coveted prize in global soccer started a 54-country tour ahead of the 2018 tournament in Russia.
The trophy arrived late on Tuesday and was unveiled by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at two separate events with the participation of French 1998 World Cup-winning midfielder Christian Karembeu.
“We are privileged to be selected as the first country on the FIFA trophy’s international tour,” Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara told a gathering as the World Cup was put on display for the public.
The trophy is scheduled to be taken to Male in the Maldives later on Wednesday.
First Published: Jan 24, 2018 15:53 IST