Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday saw the original FIFA World Cup Trophy, which is now in Bangladesh as part of its world tour program to 88 countries.
A 45-member delegation, led by Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi M Salahuddin, comprising officials of BFF, FIFA and soft drink maker Coca-Cola, a corporate partner of FIFA, brought the trophy to the PM’s official residence Gonobhaban in the afternoon to show it to the Prime Minister.
In presence of the Prime Minister, the FIFA and BFF officials unveiled the 36.5 centimeter long Gold Trophy -- 13 centimeters in diameter and 6.175 kg in weight.
Later, Sheikh Hasina posed for photographs with the trophy.
BFF President Kazi M Salahuddin, National Football Coach Lodewijk de Kruif and family members of the Prime Minister were, among others, present on the occasion.
The original FIFA World Cup Trophy was brought to Bangladesh, for the first time in the history of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association.
Earlier, the World Cup trophy arrived in the capital this (Tuesday) afternoon from United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a Danish charted plane accompanied by FIFA delegates.
BFF president Kazi Salahuddin along with representative of Coca-Cola, corporate partners of FIFA, received the trophy at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
Later, the trophy was taken to Bangabhaban and shown to President Abdul Hamid.
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 be taken to Bhutan on December 20.
PM shown original FIFA WC Trophy