FIFA World Cup Trophy In Nepal

Kathmandu, Dec. 21-The most coveted trophy in world football — the FIFA World Cup Trophy — arrived Kathmandu for the first time ever on Saturday (December 21).

The trophy made of 18-carat gold, standing 36.5 cm tall and weighing 6.175 kg, will arrive in Kathmandu from Bhutan at 6 am Saturday and will be put on display at the Dasharath Stadium from 2 pm till 7:30 pm.

The trophy — which is given VVIP status and which only former World Cup-winning captains and heads of state are allowed to touch — is being brought to Nepal as part of the global FIFA World Cup Trophy tour, coinciding with celebrations of Coca-Cola’s 40 years in Nepal. Coca-Cola has been the official partner of the FIFA World Cup since 1950.

A four-layer security comprising Nepal Police and NID personnel, guards and volunteers will be deployed at the venue for the event.

The official even kicked off at noon with President Ram Baran Yadav lifting the trophy for public display amid tight security.

It was followed by a photo session for VIPs, footballers, ANFA and National Sports Council officials from 1 pm to 2 pm before it is put on display for members of the public who were selected through lucky draw under a Coca-Cola scheme to attend the event. About 4,700 lucky winners will got the opportunity to watch the coveted trophy from touching distance.

The trophy was kept in the special suite at Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza for a night before it was taken to India.