By Austin Edoho
Governor Akinwumi Ambode is set to receive the famous FIFA World Cup Trophy as it arrives Lagos on Saturday 10th of March.
The trophy arrived FCT Abuja, Nigeria yesterday Wednesday, and was presented to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, who had a feel of the trophy.
The trophy tour is proudly sponsored by Coca Cola, which has been one of the bedrocks of sports in Nigeria, and the coca cola sponsored world cup trophy tour will visit about 91 cities in 51 countries before returning to Brazil with Nigeria being the 31st country the trophy is visiting since it began its global journey in January.
FACTS ABOUT THE TROPHY
The FIFA World Cup Original Trophy is awarded to the winners of the FIFA World Cup while remaining in FIFA’s possession. The Trophy is made of solid gold and weighs 6.142 kg, created as a composition of two human figures holding the globe above them. The Original Trophy’s current design dates back to 1974.
As one of the most recognized sports symbols in the world and a priceless icon, the FIFA World Cup Trophy can only be touched and held by a very select group of people that includes former winners of the FIFA World Cup and Heads of State. Because regulations state that the FIFA World Cup Trophy shall remain in FIFA’s possession and cannot be won outright, the team winning the FIFA World Cup retains the authentic Trophy temporarily and is then permanently awarded a replica, the FIFA World Cup Winners’ Trophy (gold plated, rather than solid gold, and engraved with the year, host country and winner of the respective event).
This year’s competition is scheduled for June 14 to July 15 in Russia.
By Austin Edoho