CHIANG MAI, THAILAND: The FIFA World Cup trophy will arrive in Pakistan on Saturday on its global journey ahead of the World Cup 2018 in Russia.
The trophy will make a stop in Lahore on the CocaCola FIFA World Cup Trophy tour, during its visit to 91 cities across 51 countries and six continents before World Cup 2018 in host-country Russia in May.
Former French World Cup winner Christian Karembeu, Pakistan cricket captain Younis Khan, singers Quratulain Baloch, Momina Mustehsan, actor Maya Ali and other top local figures will bring the trophy on a special chartered flight to Pakistan.
The trophy will remain in Lahore for a day, where it will be put on public display at a park during an ongoing festival.
The FIFA World Cup trophy was introduced in 1974 and is made of 18 karat gold with a malachite base, and stands 36.8 centimetres high and weighs 6.1 kilograms.
The FIFA World Cup Trophy was started in September 2017 in Russia. During its journey across six continents, the trophy will travel 126,000 kilometres in the months leading up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.