Mastercard mentioned the coveted trophy will probably be within the nation for six days until February 23, forward of the Rugby World Cup occasion to be held in France later this 12 months.
The itinerary for these six days will embody two days for public show of the trophy – at CR & FC Sports activities Membership in Colombo on February 19 and on the Kandy Sports activities Membership on February 22.
The tour additionally consists of an occasion solely hosted by Mastercard, together with different actions, to draw sports activities followers and different audiences. Mastercard will probably be collaborating with the federal government and different stakeholders for these occasions. This historic trophy tour aligns with Mastercard Priceless, an initiative that gives one-of-a-kind experiences to Mastercard cardholders that allow them to pursue their passions and acquire unique entry to curated experiences.
The Sri Lankan Ministry of Sports activities and Youth Affairs has pledged to help Mastercard on this endeavor by inviting sports activities groups, former rugby gamers, authorities officers and diplomats to the general public occasions. The presence of the long-lasting trophy is predicted to draw followers from different nations in South Asia to the island nation.
“This will probably be a momentous event not only for rugby lovers however for everybody in Sri Lanka as that is the primary time that the coveted Rugby World Cup trophy is being introduced right here. We thank the Mastercard workforce for securing this chance and are joyful to accomplice with them for this occasion,” mentioned Roshan Ranasinghe, Minister of Sports activities and Youth Affairs, Authorities of Sri Lanka.
“Mastercard is proud to deliver this trophy to Sri Lanka, the place individuals are extremely enthusiastic about rugby. The game unites individuals and offers them a motive to have a good time. The trophy tour gives a great platform to advertise sports activities and tourism within the nation. Mastercard is trying ahead to working with key companions, together with the federal government and different stakeholders, to make this a memorable occasion for everybody,” mentioned Sandun Hapugoda, Nation Supervisor, Sri Lanka and Maldives, Mastercard.
Mastercard’s lengthy and profitable affiliation with the Rugby World Cup started in 2008 and consists of the record-breaking Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, the primary in Asia. The corporate is poised to boost fan expertise on the tenth males’s Rugby World Cup in France later this 12 months.