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Sri Lanka, first country for FIFA World Cup 2018 Trophy tour

The FIFA World Cup 2018 Trophy arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday, and the trophy was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s House yesterday by Christian Karembeu of the 1998 World Cup winning football team of France. The FIFA World Cup Trophy will visit 54 countries giving an opportunity to see the trophy in person for football fans. Sri Lanka is the first destination in its world tour. This is also the first time in the history that a FIFA World Cup Trophy arrived in the country.

The trophy will be taken only to Pakistan and Maldives in South Asia. The 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia in June. Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, Football Federation of Sri Lanka President, Anura De Silva and members of the Football Federation of Sri Lanka were present. (Picture by Udesh Gunarathne)