Two Indian kids to be Official Match Ball Carriers at FIFA World Cup

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Ten-year-old Rishi Tej of Karnataka and 11-year-old Nathania John K. of Tamil Nadu will be two of the Official Match Ball Carriers (OMBC) at the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia.

One of them will carry the match ball during the Belgium vs Panama game while the other will get a chance to get onto the pitch before the Brazil vs Costa Rica match.

India captain Sunil Chhetri conducted the trials — as part of the Kia Official Match Ball Carrier (OMBC) programme — in Gurugram last month.

As many as 1600 children participated in the programme, with 50 short-listed for