Solomon Islands have welcomed the most recognized sports symbol in the world to its shores in a brief ceremony at the Henderson Airport in Honiara.
The 6.142 kg solid gold was unveiled at the tarmac by the country’s head of state Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui who also was the only Solomon Islander privileged to touch the cup.
Representing the country’s government and people, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Milner Tozaka has praised FIFA and the touring Coca Cola Company for identifying the Melanesian country as one of the 51 countries to experience the most coveted price.
Minister of Home Affairs responsible for sports, Hon. Commins Mewa also said that the country was fortunate to be part of this fourth edition – FIFA World Cup Trophy tour,
“We are fortunate for the cup to reach our shores, we only see it in the television and movies but today we actually privilege to have this trophy arriving in our country for the first time.
“As we all know only the Governor General has the permission to touch the cup representing the head of state the Queen and also us the people.
Members of the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF), former National Players and distinguished guests also had the opportunity to have photo shots with the original trophy.
The country also was fortunate to be given a mini replica of the World Cup Trophy, presented to the Governor General.
The trophy completed its 3 hours tour at the Henderson International airport before departing for Papua New Guinea (PNG) to continue it’s touring journey leading up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia starting June 14 to July 15.