The ‘City of Joy’ erupted as the glittering FIFA U17 World Cup Winner’s Trophy was unveiled, courtesy Bank of Baroda amidst huge fanfare in the heart of the city on Wednesday, 30th August, 2017.
The trophy for the winner of FIFA U17 World Cup had been brought to India with a view to provide a precious opportunity to all the football lovers in Kolkata to witness it up close. Bank of Baroda, an International banker in India hosted the event of displaying the prestigious trophy in City Center -1, Salt Lake, Kolkata. Notably, this bank is also the first national supporter of the FIFA U 17 World Cup game in the country’s sporting history.
The trophy was on display at the wide portico of the mall for the public to witness and celebrate the invaluable experience. A great number of people including a host of young Mohun Bagan and East Bengal fans thronged the venue as they were reluctant to miss this great opportunity.
A large part of the viewers consisted of the students and youngsters who are always highly enthusiastic about the game. The bank had taken adequate initiative to create an ambience of football carnival inside the mall not only by displaying the trophy in a splendid way but also by organizing various exciting activities related to sports and games.
Numerous students from different schools in Kolkata participated in those fun-filled activities and enjoyed to the fullest. The winners of those competitions got exciting prizes and merchandizes sponsored by the bank. Some match tickets for the World Cup games were also among the list of prizes. More than 800 kids became part of this gala event and made it a great success.
Mr. Shailendra Singh, the Deputy General Manager (Marketing and WMS) of Bank of Baroda who graced the event remarked as a proud moment for everyone who got the chance to be present in the exceptional event. He was extremely delighted to host the trophy in Kolkata which is considered as the Mecca of Indian football. He was also overwhelmed by the response received from the public in appraisal of this event organized by Bank of Baroda. He expressed his desire to come up with similar events also in future for the kids as well as the public in general.
I found another gentleman, Mr. Pankaj Puri, Senior Manager, Social Media of Bank of Baroda up and running the entire arena of the event. He was visibly trying to ensure everything moving in style and leaving no stone unturned to make it a successful event. Beaming Pankaj said, “We’re proud to be associated with FIFA and this is just the beginning of a long planned association with country’s sports.”
The cup was preserved inside a translucent cover and kept at the Bank of Baroda kiosk in an elegant way. It was fetched to Kolkata from New Delhi for exhibition purpose and it will be taken to Mumbai and Kochi subsequently. The idea behind creating such an event is to enhance awareness among the mass regarding the great tournament as revealed by the bank itself.