World Cup trophy coming to PMB

2010-05-04 00:00

THE Fifa World Cup trophy will arrive in KwaZulu-Natal on May 15 to give members of the public the chance to get a close look at the solid gold icon that made its first appearance at the 1974 World Cup finals.

The Jules Rimet Trophy, which has been on a 225-day world tour and has travelled through 86 countries, arrives in the Western Cape on May 7 to begin a month-long tour of South Africa that will end on June 6 in Gauteng.

The Coca-Cola Trophy World Tour began on September 21, 2009 when Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Coca-Cola chairman Muhtar Kent took the first steps of what would be a 134 017 km journey to South Africa for the trophy.

The trophy will arrive in Durban on May 15 before moving to uMlazi on May 16, Richards Bay on May 17 and Pietermaritzburg on May 18. The venue for the Pietermaritzburg stop is yet to be confirmed.

Members of the public will be able to take a close look at the trophy while enjoying a variety of acts on the day.

Fifa rules state that nobody other than heads of state and victorious team members are allowed to touch the trophy, but there will be an opportunity for some of the Coca-Cola Pashasha competition winners to have their photographs taken with it.

The general manager for Coca-Cola’s 2010 Fifa World Cup project team, Onwell Msomi, said the trophy tour will provide South Africans with the chance to enjoy the euphoria of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

“This is probably the only time the trophy will ever visit KwaZulu-Natal,” he said.

“It is an opportunity to join all South Africans and claim your own special memory of the World Cup.”

The trophy spent a short time in Cape Town for the World Cup draw in December 2009 before continuing on its global journey, visiting over 50 African capitals in the process.

The KwaZulu-Natal presentation will mark the beginning of the South African leg of the Trophy World Tour, which will see the trophy visiting 33 cities, towns and villages in a month.

The trophy will be transported in a branded helicopter, which will be followed on the road by a large support team responsible for the staging of the stop-off events.

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