Two kids from India will have the privilege of being the official match ball carriers at the FIFA World Cup in Russia. As many as 1600 children from all over India had participated in the OMBC program conducted by Kia Motors India, from which two of them were made first OMBCs from India.
Ten-year-old Rishi Tej from Karnataka and eleven-year-old Nathania John K from Tamil Nadu were the two fortunate kids who will be the first two OMBCs from India. One of them will serve as a ball carrier during the game between Belgium and Panama, while the other will carry the ball for the match between Brazil and Costa Rica.
Kia Motors India will be acting as an automotive partner of FIFA and organized a program involving as many as 1600 children between 10-14, from all over India to be selected as official match ball carriers during the FIFA World Cup.
A panel of judges including Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri conducted the trials at Gurugram last month, where they shortlisted 50 kids from which two kids from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu became the winners.
“It was amazing to see so many talented young kids together. I thank Kia for giving this opportunity to the football-loving kids of our country. It augurs well for the future of the sport,” Chhetri said.