Fiji diplomat welcomes WC trophy

Fiji’s Diplomatic Representative to the UAE, Ravindran Robin Nair has welcomed the arrival of the Fifa delegation to Fiji earlier this week together with the prestigious Fifa World Cup.

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Published: Mon 23 Sep 2013, 2:35 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:11 AM

Ratu Epeli Nailatikau

The Cup, made of 18 carat gold which weighs five kilogramme, was accorded a traditional welcoming reception at Nadi International Airport.

Fijian Head of State, His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, received the World Cup on behalf of the country from the Fifa and Coca-Cola executives. He said the event had marked a significant milestone for Fiji football.

“Indeed a great honour and a moving experience for me and on behalf of the people of Fiji to welcome the FIFA World Cup to our shores for the first time.”

The president said just by having the trophy should inspire all the football players and fans to achieve better results and it will greatly help our quest to improve the quality of our football and to make it more competitive and more entertaining and of course to improve our world ranking.

Former France national rep, Kanak native and Fifa ambassador Christian Kerembeu who accompanied the World Cup said it was an honour to be in Fiji.

Ambassador Nair added that football commands a predominant position and massive following amongst all sporting activities in the UAE and where a number of tournaments which attract huge crowds are organised every year with the participation of many local, regional and international teams.

He added that the arrival of the World Cup in Fiji will further enhance the development cooperation between Fiji and the UAE and will undoubtedly expand the scope of our bilateral relations particularly in these areas of sports development and exchange of skills and expertise.

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