By Shahrukh Sohail, Chief Editor, Islamabad
As the FIFA 2014 World Cup edges closer, the Embassy of Brazil has stepped up their celebrations and opened a special Football Photography Exhibition by renowned photojournalist Jorge Rodrigues, who has been covering Brazilian football for the past two decades.
The joint-venture by Brazilian Embassy and the Marriott Hotel was opened by Ambassador of Brazil, Mr. Alfredo Leoni, Regional General Manager Marriott Hotels Pakistan, Mr. Hartmut Noack, Ms. Rubina Irfan ,senator & chairperson of the women’s wing of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) and the President of the Pakistan Football Federation, Mr. Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, the exhibition showcases the best of Brazilian football and is open to the public till 13th July.
While addressing the press, PFF President Faisal Saleh Hayat added that it was great to see Brazil hosting the FIFA World Cup and expressed his delight as Pakistani company Forward Sports is producing the official ‘Brazuca’ ball and a PFF official is part of the FIFA World Cup disciplinary meeting.
“It is poetic justice that the FIFA World Cup is being held in Brazil. Football and Brazil go hand in hand, and I compliment the Brazilian government for putting up excellent facilities and developing 12 stadiums, which is not an easy feat.”
“Our old partners, Forward Sports, are producing the FIFA World Cup balls and it is a great source of pride for us. And more so, since one of our PFF officials is a member of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee for the World Cup. ”
The Pakistan Street Child World Cup team was also present alongside the Azad Foundation, Muslim Hands and the Street Child World Cup organizers with Faisal Saleh Hayat and Ambassador Leoni congratulating them for their superb achievements.
Rounding the event off, Ambassador Leoni revealed that the joint-venture was aimed to attract more footballs fans to watch the matches live and he jokingly added that everyone should be supporting Brazil for their 6th World Cup crown.