The replica of FIFA World Cup Trophy and the flag-raising campaign of 211 FIFA member nations has been launched on the highest peaks of seven continents, including the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest.
Speaking at a press conference at Reporters Club Nepal on Wednesday, Everest climber Narbin Magar said the trophy and flag would be carried to the highest peaks of seven continents, including the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest.
The campaign has been named as Seven Summit for FIFA World Cup 2022. The campaign aims to hand over the trophies, flags and paraphernalia to Qatar, the host nation of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Everest climber Narbin Magar said he was determined to take the FIFA World Cup trophy (replica) and the flags of 200 countries to the summits of seven continents, including Everest.
He expressed confidence that his campaign would benefit the three sectors at a time when COVID-19 has disrupted sports, economy and tourism. Climber Magar said that he found out that the focus of most people in the world was on football and that he was going to represent Nepal for world peace.
He said that he has completed courses in many subjects related to tourism in Nepal and has already climbed the mountains of four countries.
“I am reaching out to the world in the coming days, representing Nepal. Please support me and our campaign from your place,” he said. He also said that he has good knowledge to climb the mountain. He said he would reach the highest peaks in Asia, Africa, Europe, Antarctica, North America, South America and Australia.
Campaign Committee Coordinator Shyam Rana Magar read out the press release. President of the Federation of Nepali Journalists, Solukhumbu, Nutan Shrestha wished success to the campaign started by Nabin Magar. Stating that the FIFA World Cup trophy is a matter of pride for all, he also said that all the materials including flags will be handed over when the World Cup is held in Qatar in 2022. Shrestha also expressed his commitment to support the campaign in the coming days. He said that it is not a trivial matter to climb the world’s highest peak for FIFA carrying the flags of all countries.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of Thulang Dudhkoshi Village Municipality Asim Rai said that Mount Everest was a matter of pride not only for Solukhumbu but also for Nepal. He said that Nepal’s highest Everest is the most valuable asset in the world. He said, “If other countries had the highest Mount Everest abroad, it would have benefited financially in many ways.” He acknowledged that the promotion of Everest had not been as successful as it should have been. He emphasized that the road to Everest or the base camp needed to be paved but that the government should take an interest in it. “Everest is Nepal’s property and should be protected,” he said.
Similarly, MP Hom Kumar Rai said that everyone should support this campaign to promote sports sector and tourism. He said, “The campaign started with the enthusiasm and courage of Narbin Magar will represent the country.”
MP Rai said that Magar had a very important and ambitious campaign and was confident of introducing Nepal to the world and managing the sports sector and tourism sector. He called the US aid project MCC a traitor and said they would make it a failure.
Rishi Dhamala, President of Reporters Club Nepal, said that Nepali media is for Nepalis who want to move forward. Dhamala expressed his commitment to support the expedition of Everest climber Narbin Magar. Stating that the political situation in the country is turbulent, Magar said that the campaign will be successful. After climbing the mountain, Reporters Club Nepal promised to honor Magar. He said that his campaign would also help in the tourism sector.