The FIFA World Cup would be soon followed by 2014 BRICS Summit, which will be held between July 15 and 17 in the Brazilian seaside city of Fortaleza.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladmir Putin and South African President Jacob Zuma are also attending the WC finals ahead of the BRICS Summit, according to reports. The finals of the football’s biggest spectacle will be held on July 13 at the Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

BRICS is an association of five emerging economies – Brazil (B), Russia (R), India (I), China (C) and South Africa (S). Reports suggest that the BRICS Summit was earlier scheduled to be held in March this year but it had to be postponed on Beijing’s appeal since Chinese President Xi is a big footie fan and wanted to witness some of the footballing action live with his eyes.

The BRICS meeting in Fortaleza would be Modi’s maiden multilateral summit after becoming the Prime Minister of the country.

On the eve of opening ceremony of the World Cup, Modi had released commemorative postage stamps on football’s most spectacular show and had wished that the event becomes a bridge for connecting nations.

BRICS nations would host three successive football World Cups on the trot as South Africa organized it in 2010, Brazil this year and Russia in 2018.
The finals of the FIFA World Cup would be attended by several world leaders who would be rooting for their nations.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prince Albert of Monaco, the Emir of Qatar and UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon are some of the top leaders that would be present at the FIFA World Cup.

There has been no confirmed reports yet whether Modi will attend the WC finals or not but the event could provide a fitting opportunity for the Indian PM to re-assert his growing acceptance among the world leaders.

Modi on Monday returned back from Bhutan from a two-day visit to the neighbouring country. It was his first foreign trip after becoming the Prime Minister of the country.

(JPN)

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