Political unrest in Islamabad has compelled the organisers of the FIFA Trophy Tour 2022 to relocate the event to Lahore.

An official of the FIFA Trophy Tour confirmed that the dates are the same and only the venue has shifted from Islamabad to Lahore.

“The trophy will arrive in Lahore on June 7, and it is an extraordinary opportunity for fans to see football’s most celebrated prize up close,” said the official.

Christian Karembeu, a former World Cup winner from France, will accompany the trophy to Pakistan.

The trophy will arrive in Pakistan from Uzbekistan and stay in the country for one day.

After a welcome ceremony at the airport, there will be an event for stakeholders and sponsors in the afternoon and a public concert later in the evening.

This is the second time the FIFA World Cup trophy has visited Pakistan. The country was also a destination for the trophy tour before the 2018 World Cup.

The global tour of the coveted trophy kicked off on May 12 with a first-stop event in Dubai, where former World Cup winners Iker Casillas and Kaka came together to send the original trophy on its journey around the world.

The trophy tour by Coca-Cola will stop in 51 countries and territories, including all the 32 countries that qualified for this year’s showpiece event.

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