The 2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday, and the trophy was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s House in Colombo, today (24).
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy is scheduled to visit more than 54 countries around the globe, giving an opportunity to see the trophy in person for the football fans and it is significant that Sri Lanka has been chosen as the first destination in its world tour. This is also the first time in the history a FIFA World Cup Trophy arrived in Sri Lanka. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy will keep at the BMICH today (24) for the public view.
The tour kicked off with an official launch ceremony in London on 22nd. It will visit 91 cities, across 51 countries and six continents, giving thousands of fans the chance to experience football’s most coveted prize. According to the International Football Federation, in South Asia the trophy will be taken only to Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Maldives.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia in June.
Sri Lanka’s official football team, Minister of Sports, Dayasiri Jayasekara, President of the Football Federation of Sri Lanka, Anura De Silva and members of the Football Federation of Sri Lanka and Christian Karembeu of the 1998 World Cup winning football team of France participated in this event.