THE Coca-Cola FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour was a memorable event and hundreds turned up to be part of the historic occasion.
Some paid $150 each to attend the cocktail party at the Fiji Beach Resort and Spa (Hilton) at Denerau, Nadi, while about 3000 others made use of the football festival at Churchill Park to get close to the most expensive sporting trophy in the world.
It was a moment for all to savour — seeing and taking pictures of the original most prized possession in world football.
The trophy, made of 18 carat solid gold and weighing about 7 kgs, is the one that will be handed to the winning team at next year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
However, interestingly there is a difference between the original trophy, the one that was in Fiji last week, and the winner's trophy.
After the victory lap by the winning team, this original trophy, reportedly worth about US$10million (F$18.5m), is taken again by FIFA and kept at a vault in Zurich while the winning nation takes home a gold plated replica.
Only the head of state and former world cup winners are allowed to touch this original trophy unlike the winner's trophy which is often made public and kept by the winning team and is not returned after four years.
The tour of 89 countries ends next June in Brazil.