MOSCOW, 13 June (BelTA) – The winner of the Football for Friendship international children's social program has been named, BelTA informs.
The international team Chimpanzee beat Komodo Dragon 2-1 to claim the champion title. The winning team included children from Benin, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Congo, Malawi, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and a Russian coach.
Taking part in the competitions were 32 teams from different countries. They were divided into groups of four teams in each. Eight teams reached the playoff stage.
Belarus was represented at the championship by Ksenia Yatsynovich from Molodechno, who played for Team Orangutan. The team also included teenagers from Georgia, Lesotho, India, Papua New Guinea and the Seychelles. Despite two victories, Team Orangutan did not make it to the playoffs, losing to Komodo Dragon 0-2 in the third decisive game. All the matches were played at Moscow's Sapsan Arena.
The international football Friendship Teams were named after rare and endangered species of animals. Each team comprised athletes of different nationalities, gender and physical abilities. Football players were at the age of 12. The national teams were trained by young coaches aged 14-16. The Football for Friendship events were covered by 12-year-old journalists, including Ivan Lozyuk from Minsk.
The final events of the Football for Friendship program are timed to coincide with the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The program of activities includes the launch of ecological routes, an international camp of friendship, an international children's forum, a visit to the World Cup opening match. The project involves 1,500 children and adults from 211 countries. Football for Friendship is covered by over 5,000 mass media outlets from all over the world.
Launched in 2013, Football for Friendship has involved about 4,000 boys and girls over the years. The program is supported by FIFA, UEFA, the International Olympic Committee, national football federations and clubs, as well as charity foundations.More about Sport