Grenadians will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to get a close up look at the FIFA World Cup Trophy, which makes its way into the Spice isle in the next two weeks.
The trophy, valued at over US$10M, will make its way into Grenada on Monday, October 28 and will be unveiled at a Press Launch to be held at the Grenada National Stadium at Queen’s Park, St. George’s.
For 140 days prior to the FIFA World Cup, Coca Cola which gained access to the solid gold trophy to be taken from country to country on board a branded Coca Cola Jet Plane that will be visiting 89 countries as it makes its final way into Brazil which will host the finals next year.
Director of the Grenada Bottling Company, which is the local producer of Coca Cola, Diana Taylor-Hopkin said the hosting of the FIFA World Cup Trophy is a great honour for the company.
According to Taylor-Hopkin, the presence of the trophy on the island will afford Grenada the opportunity to gain valuable regional and international promotional mileage as the events held around it at each tour is compiled and broadcast worldwide.
The FIFA Coca Cola branded jet is expected to touch down at the Maurice Bishop International Airport just after 11:00 a.m.
Governor General, Dr. Cecile La Grenada will be the lone person in Grenada who will be allowed to touch the trophy.
A football celebrity, whose name is still to be disclosed, will be traveling with the trophy.
A special event is planned for the Morne Rouge Playing Field in the south of the island for football fans to get a glimpse of the prized trophy.
The day’s activity will end with a reception to be attended by some of the leading government, private sector and sporting officials in honour of the trophy being brought to the Spice Isle.
General Manager of the Bottling Company, Chris Warner indicated that one of the criteria used in selecting Grenada as one of the countries for the visit of the FIFA World Cup Trophy is because of the existence of the local Football Association.
President of the Grenada Football Association (GFA), Chenney Joseph said this is an opportunity for everyone to embrace as it does not come around too often.
Joseph stated that it is a dream come true to see the world’s most envied piece of sculpture being present in Grenada.
Coca Cola and FIFA gave been partners since 1974.
The FIFA World Cup Trophy can be regarded as the most sought after prize in the world of sports.
The defending world champs in football is Spain, which won the cup in 2010 in South Africa.