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FIFA Trophy will arrive in Thimphu December 20
Chador Wangmo, October 08, 2013
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FIFA World Cup’s authentic, 36.8 centimeters tall and weighs 6,175 grams solid gold, made out of 18-carat gold Trophy is set to arrive in Bhutan on December 20 for the first time.

The Coco-Cola Company, in partnership with FIFA and Bhutan Footfall Federation (BFF), will organise the tour of FIFA World Cup Trophy.

Shadab Khan, Coca-Cola’s country manager for Nepal and Bhutan, said Coca-Cola is associated with youth football development in many countries and shares with the fans the passion for football.

“We would like to make sure as many people get to see the trophy as possible. We want to showcase the trophy to a large audience, even as only the head of state and the captain of the national football team will be able to touch it,” Shadab Khan said.

Apart from the date of the trophy visit, however, the other details such as whether a former world football star will arrive with the trophy or whether the trophy will go around the country is yet to be finalised.

“I believe the trophy tour to Bhutan will provide a huge momentum to the overall sporting culture, including football in the country,” said Tshenchok Thinley, managing director of Tashi Beverages. “We are happy to partner with FIFA and the BFF to bring the authentic FIFA World Cup in Bhutan and happy to found Bhutan on the tour map of the trophy.”

The 267-day 2013-2014 Trophy Tour will visit 88 countries out of 250 before returning to Brazil, the host country of the FIFA World Cup 2014.

Dasho Ugyen Tshechup Dorji, president of BFF, said the tour gives us the opportunity to share our passion to the thousands of football fans, who have the once in the lifetime chance to see the trophy up close in Bhutan.

“I want to thank Coca-Cola for making this dream come true for many millions of football fans not just in Bhutan, but around the globe,” BFF president Dasho Ugyen Tshechup Dorji.

The trophy will be on display for a day on December 20 at Changlimithang football stadium in Thimphu.






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