FIFA World Cup Trophy has arrived in Nizhny Novgorod

The FIFA World Cup Trophy landed in Nizhny Novgorod and has been displayed for the public to see in Nizhny Novgorod in a specially-built tent in front of the Nizhny Novgorod Fair.

The FIFA World Cup kick off is in less than a month and the FIFA World Cup Trophy arrived in Nizhny Novgorod, a city that will host four group matches and a quarter-final matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The public got to see the Historic trophy that has the best teams in the world ready to compete to lift it up on the 15th of July, in Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.


The FIFA World Cup Trophy was displayed in Nizhny Novgorod in a specially-built tent in front of the Nizhny Novgorod Fair on the 20th and 21st of May 2018.


Nizhny Novgorod is the sixth stopover on the World Cup Trophy Tour in Russia after Vladivostok, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Samara and Kazan. From Nizhny Novgorod, the World Cup Trophy will visit Rostov-on-Don and St. Petersburg to arrive in Moscow a week ahead of the championship.


The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15.


MOSCOW, May 20. /TASS/.
Russian News Agency

SA youth set for Mandela Fellowship in US

Approximately forty-six South African delegates are set to travel to the United States to partake in the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship programme from 18 June to 2 August 2018.

The 6-week fellowship aims to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young leaders from across Africa with the Americans.

The participants are aged 25-35 and were selected for their record of promoting innovation and positive change within their organisations, communities and countries.

Chargé d’Affaires, Jessye Lapenn said: “The program reflects Madiba’s optimism, idealism and belief in what he called the ‘endless heroism of youth.’ The program remains committed to those goals today.  As we celebrate the Mandela Centenary, I hope you take this opportunity to ‘Be the Legacy.”

The Mandela Washington Fellowship programme reflects the diversity of the African continent, with participants coming from a variety of backgrounds, professions, and regions. 

The 46 South Africans will join 700 other young people from sub-Saharan Africa for leadership training, networking and academic coursework, focused on civic leadership, public management, or business and entrepreneurship which will be hosted by 28 US Universities.


Chinese tourists have shown an increased interest for the Russia World Cup

Major Chinese online travel agencies have confirmed that Chinese tourists are showing more and more interest in Russia, the host country for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

According to the agencies, the number of airline tickets reserved for major venues such as Moscow and St. Petersburg are up by 50% year-on-year for the period of 14 June – 15 July 2018.

Travel packages have increased, which means hotels around the 12 major arenas are being booked out, with less than a month to go before the world’s biggest soccer tournament kicks off.

According to the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation, at least 1.5 million overseas visitors are expected in Russia during the tournament, with expenses amounting to over 140 million euros (USD 165 million).

The agencies also noted that Shanghai fans have placed the most orders for World Cup-related travel, followed by Beijing and Chengdu. About six of the top 10 cities with the largest number of World Cup game attendees are from second-tier cities.



Iconic game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Barcelona

South African soccer fans are delighted to have first-hand experience of one of the most iconic games to take place in the country on Wednesday night. Mamelodi Sundowns will take on FC  Barcelona at FNB Stadium in a friendly match to commemorate a century of Nelson Mandela’s death.

Barcelona agreed to be part of the celebrations and promised to bring players Lionel Messi‚ Louis Suarez‚ Gerald Pique and the outgoing captain Andres Iniesta. The last time these teams played together was in was 2007, where Barcelona won the friendly match with 2-1.

Motsepe Foundation representative, Sizwe Nzimande has confirmed that the Mandela Centenary Cup match will be broadcasted on SABC and Supersport.

Tickets to the game have been sold out, FNB stadium is said to have a full capacity close to 90 000.

Nzimande encouraged the fans to arrive early at the stadium to avoid congestion before the kick-off.

“We have been involved in a series of meetings with Stadium Management‚ planning for the safety of the fans before‚ during and after the game. So far everything is going according to plan‚” he said.


China the largest contributor to Thailand tourism

Thailand’s capital, Bangkok has seen the largest number of holiday bookings compared to other overseas destinations.

According to MasterCard International, Bangkok has replaced London and Paris as the most frequented tourist destination in the world for two consecutive years.

In 2016, the city welcomed about 194 million tourists from around the world. Thailand was one of the earliest countries open to Chinese tourists, and it has always been a preferred travel destination for Chinese tourists.

Pongpanu Svetarundra, Permanent Secretary of Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports, said that last year Chinese tourists brought more than 520 billion baht in revenue to Thailand, becoming the largest contributor to the country’s tourism sector in terms of the number of arrivals and the size of profit.

At the beginning of this year, the number of Chinese tourists arriving in Thailand hit 350,000 – an increase of 113.8% from the previous year, according to statistics. That figure was more than a quarter of the total outbound Chinese tourism during the same period.


Thirteen African athletes go missing at Commonwealth Games

Organisers of the Commonwealth Games have confirmed that five more African athletes have gone missing on Thursday, following the disappearance of eight competitors from Cameron who were suspected of fleeing the day before.

According to AFP, athletes from Rwanda and Uganda were thought to have gone missing, while the whereabouts of two squash players from Sierra Leone were till unknown.

Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive, David Grevemberg said that it is their duty to service those with legitimate visas to be in the country.

“Until it becomes a true issue, and somebody has outstayed their visa, or have formally applied for asylum, we just need to continue to monitor the situations.” he said.

He also revealed the focus now is to support teams in trying to track down the athletes who are missing.            

Grevemberg has also stated that more than 100 athletes have overstayed their visas at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Athlete visas for the Commonwealth Games this year will expire on 15 May 2018.

As the search continues for Cameroon’s five boxers and three weightlifters, Grevemberg insisted the welfare of the athletes are also top priority.

“We obviously have been in close contact with Cameroon officials. We share their concern regarding obviously the safety, welfare, whereabouts of these athletes.”

Cameroon team manager, Victor Agbor Nso said the matter has been reported to the police.

source: AFP


Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is an ancient mountainous land filled with minerals, rolling hills and majestic natural formations as old as time. But it is also a nation looking ahead to a bright future, striving to drive forward from a dormant past.

Known as the Mountain Kingdom or the Kingdom in the Sky, Lesotho is home to vistas and mountainous
scenery that has to be seen to be believed. The mountains filter Lesotho’s crystal clear water that feeds into numerous rivers and hydrates the country’s abundance of green pastures, providing for its livestock. The mountains also yield Lesotho’s other prolific mineral: diamonds.

Lesotho is a democratic, sovereign and independent country located within the borders of South Africa. The name
Lesotho translates to “the land of the people who speak Sotho”. Formerly a British protectorate until independence in October 1966, the kingdom of Lesotho is one of only three remaining monarchies in Africa.

Lesotho occupies a unique geographical position. The country is situated centrally within Southern Africa, with access to some of the fastest-growing industrial economic areas in the region, such as South Africa’s Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bloemfontein.

The government of Lesotho has adopted a private sector-driven economic development and an export-led industrial growth strategy. Essential parts of the economy are industries like diamond mining and quarrying, construction, the manufacturing of textiles, garments and footwear, the assembly of electronics and electrical appliances, trout breeding, fishing and food processing.

Lesotho offers natural beauty, rugged terrain, rich local culture and traditions, as well as adventurous activities that
don’t require a permit, like skiing and snowboarding. Accommodation can be found in all regions of the country –
some serenely situated on river banks, some on mountainsides, and some at the highest altitude in Southern Africa,
surrounded by beautiful mountains and a peaceful, natural environment.

Source: Best of Lesotho Volume 1,
Published by Proudly Africa

This is an extract from issue 5 of BRICS Journal. Get your hands on the issue to read more about Lesotho.
Image: Eye See Africa

SA athletes bag more gold at the Commonwealth Games

South African athlete participating at the Commomwealth Games have one thing in mind: bring home the gold! Golden girl, Caster Semenya on Tuesday broke the national record as well as the games record in a time of 4:00:72 – breaking Zola Budd’s previous record!

In addition, our swimmers came out on top on Monday, with outstanding performances from Chad le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh and Tatjana Schoenmaker.

Van der Burgh who owns the London 2012 Olympic champion title, beat the world record-holder and breaststroke superstar Adam Peaty on the 50m breaststroke, finishing his race in 26.58 seconds.

Schoenmaker broke swimming legend Penny Heyns’ 1999 100m breaststroke African record, claiming the gold medal in a fast time of 1:06.41. The accomplishment comes after Schoenmaker won Gold in the 200m Breaststroke event on Saturday, claiming a 100 and 200m double in the process.

This is a major victory for Schoenmaker who became the first able-bodied female swimmer since Joan Harrison at the 1954 Vancouver Games to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

In the case of Chad le Clos, the swimmer completed the 100m butterfly at a record of 50.65 seconds, finishing ahead of James Guy of England in second place with 50.65 with Australia’s Grant Irvine taking bronze in 51.50. Also on Monday, we celebrated the wins of Akani Simbine, who has made history by winning the first ever gold medal for South Africa in the 100m men’s race at the Commonwealth Games with a time of 10.3, followed by fellow South African Henricho Bruintjies who finished second in 10.17.

India is currently the leading BRICS country at number 3 on the top 10 scoreboards of the Commonwealth Games with a total of 21 medals, followed by South Africa at number 5 with 21 medals.

source: IOLSport

BRICS Youth Tour Soweto

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: 90 Days to Kick-Off

In less than four months, the 21st FIFA World Cup will kick off at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. In the opening game, Russia will take on Saudi Arabia on the 14th June.

The Russians are working around the clock to ensure that everything is in place for kick-off. Most of the stadiums are in the final phases of completion, and others that were used during last summer’s Confederations Cup have already been completed.
The nation expects all 12 stadiums to be ready in time for June. The Russian government has set a deadline of 1 April for the completion of construction.
Apart from the football excitement, fans and visitors will also explore Russian and European cultural heritage, taste authentic street food and spent time with family and friends by visiting museums or historic sites.
To eradicate irregularities, the Russians have had to shut down more than 800 websites that are offering World Cup tickets illegally.

Source: FIFA website