The Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Mumbai together with the Russian Bank VEB.RF (earlier called the Vnesheconombank) and the Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) organized the fifth Under-16 mini football tournament under the auspices of the BRICS.
Five teams of Indian school children, symbolically
representing the five BRICS nations, played in the tournament held at
Priyadarshini Park at Malabar Hill, Mumbai. The players were honoured with
trophies by the chief guest of the event, Mr. David Rasquinha, Managing
Director of Exim Bank, which is India’s nodal agency under the BRICS interbank
cooperation mechanism. Mr. Alexei V. Surovtsev, Consul General of the Russian
Federation in Mumbai congratulated all the players and said that the tournament
gives a fillip to the prevalent goodwill between the BRICS nations.
“BRICS countries and their development banks work
together on a range of issues, both bilateral and under the BRICS interbank
mechanism. Sporting activities like this bolster the overall engagement between
the institutions which cooperate under the BRICS mechanism,” said Mr.
Representatives from the consulates of China, Brazil and
South Africa were also present at the tournament.
The idea to organize the mini football tournament under the BRICS umbrella, originated in 2015 as the Hon’ble Prime
Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi had proposed setting up a BRICS sports
council and holding annual football tournaments at the BRICS Summit in Ufa,