World Cup trophy to touch down today


Bangladesh may never have played in a FIFA World Cup but the country has the honour of being part of the biggest showpiece event on the planet, to be held in Brazil next year, as the original World Cup trophy will arrive here for the first time today.
The World Cup trophy is scheduled to arrive here in the afternoon today from United Arab Emirates on a charted plane accompanied by FIFA delegates. BFF president Kazi Salahuddin along with representative of Coca-Cola, corporate partners of FIFA, will receive the trophy at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
Afterwards, the trophy will be taken to the Bangabhaban to be shown to the President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Advocate Abdul Hamid and then to the office of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. A 20-member delegation, comprising BFF officials, Coca-Cola and FIFA delegates, will be with the trophy during the visit to the Bangabhaban and the PM’s Office.
The trophy will be kept open for approximately 15,000 ticket-holders for two days on December 18 and 19 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium so that the visitors can take photos with the trophy.
The FIFA World Cup tour started from Rio de Janeiro on September 12 for a 267-day global trek during which it will travel to 88 countries. After the three-day tour of Bangladesh, the trophy will leave for Bhutan on December 20.