As kick-off draws ever nearer for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India, the winner's trophy continues to tour the country where people are getting to experience the coveted prize in a number of different ways, as the nation’s blind football team discovered.
Visiting the National Association of the Blind (NAB), the Trophy Experience – organised in partnership with Coca-Cola – allowed players to get the feeling much like those crowned champions on 28 October will have: putting their hands on the trophy itself.
“These football players are true achievers," Satya Kumar Singh, Hon. Secretary General, NAB, India, said. "We are happy that Coca-Cola’s efforts offered them a chance to spend some precious moments with the Trophy when they were able to touch and feel it. The sheer joy and happiness that the team felt at being a part of something so historic is truly indescribable.”
“We believe that the FIFA U-17 World Cup Winner’s Trophy experience should be for everyone,” added Nishant Pandey, Country Director at American India Foundation. “Sport allows us to push our limits and enables us to go beyond what we feel we can attain. We are thankful to Coca-Cola and NAB for bringing the trophy to people who personify the positive ideals of football and sportsmanship.”
The Trophy Experience will move on to Goa, appearing at the Goa Bottling Plant on 19 September.