KATHMANDU, April 16: The 12-year-old football enthusiasts from Nepal -- Girish Maskey and Anmesh Rayamajhi -- have been selected as the country’s representatives at Football for Friendship, a global social program aimed at developing youth football.
The program, supported by Gazprom and FIFA, also aims to develop healthy lifestyle as well as promote tolerance, open-mindedness and respect of different cultures and nationalities between children from across the globe.
Nepal is joining the program for the first time.
Maskey will join the young footballers from around the world in Moscow in June this year. The children will be a part of the 32 international teams of friendship and play against each other in the Gazprom Football for Friendship International Championship.
Rayamajhi will act as the young journalist and report on all the local and global activities of the program as part of the International Children’s Press Center.
He will also spread awareness on the nine values (friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions and honor) of the program.
Maskey and Rayamajhi will also participate in the sixth Football for Friendship International Children’s Forum in Russia, which will allow youngsters to meet their peers from other countries, share their experiences, and discuss with famous footballers and journalists on how to promote key values of the program around the world.
The sixth season of the program will conclude with a visit by the participating children to the opening ceremony and the first match of the FIFA World Cup 2018.