THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: When the ball starts rolling in Moscow on Thursday, in Thiruvananthapuram, the consulates and cultural centres of various countries, including that of host Russia, will be vying to lap up the frenzy. The honorary consulates of Russia and Germany - two nations whose line-ups are among the favourites at the 21st FIFA world cup - and the consulate of Maldives in Thiruvananthapuram have planned various events, including match screenings and exhibitions to mark the quadrennial sporting gala.
The Honorary Russian Consulate has already hosted a seminar on the upcoming event and plans to hold a photo exhibition alongside live screening of the inaugural celebrations and match on Thursday. The programmes are planned at the consulate complex at Gorky Bhavan, Ratheesh C Nair, Honorary Consul and director, Russian Cultural Centre said. ‘’Russian nationals in Thiruvananthapuram also will be part of Thursday’s event,’’ he said. The honorary consulate is planning to screen the opening and final matches this year. The exhibition will cover the celebrations and preparations in Russia for the 2018 world cup.
Though founded in 1923, the former Soviet Union’s national team, did not participate in high-profile international tournaments until the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. The Honorary Consulate of Germany and its cultural centre Goethe-Zentrum, on the other hand, plans to screen all the matches live on a giant screen at its amphitheatre. ‘’We would start the screenings with the opening match on Thursday at 8 pm and will be screening all group matches at 8.30 and 11.30 pm as well as the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches at the amphitheater,’’ Syed Ibrahim, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for Kerala and director, Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum, said.
The Maldivian Consulate also plans to have programmes including screenings to mark the occasion, but they are being finalised and awaiting clearance from the ministry, an official at the Consulate said.