Puri: World-renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a replica of the FIFA World Cup trophy using sand to commemorate the football mega event and wish the participating teams good luck at a Puri beach in Odisha.
The World Cup trophy replica stands at a height of eight feet and also features 1350 coins collected from the countries of the 32 teams participating in the football extravaganza. Indian coins have also been used along with other countries’ coins to make the trophy replica.
The message at the bottom of the trophy replica reads ‘Good Luck’ which is for the teams participating in the tournament.

Pattnaik always tries to do something new in sand art. This time he created an eight feet high sand sculpture of the trophy by using around 5 tones of sand and at the backdrop of the trophy he created a football.
He said that he had collected these coins during his participation in different sand art competitions worldwide.
Pattnaik is a Padma awardee artist who has participated in more than 60 International sand art festivals and competitions around the World and won many prizes for our country.
FIFA World Cup 2022 will be held across Qatar from November 20 to December 18.
The Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 will see 32 teams from five confederations compete for the biggest prize in football. As many as 64 matches will be played during the course of 29 days.
The teams are hosts Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, the Netherlands, England, Iran, USA, Wales, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland, France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia, Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, Belgium, Canada, Morocco, and Croatia, Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon, Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, and South Korea.
The Round of 16 from December 3 onwards will mark the beginning of the knockout stage of the tournament. The quarterfinals will start from December 9 onwards, followed by the semifinals from December 14 onwards.
The title clash will take place on December 18 at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail.

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