Football Without Borders poised to thrust Sri Lanka tourism into the sporting world premier league
Football is poised to kick off a game-changing boost for Sri Lanka tourism thanks to a 14-day ‘Football Without Borders’ tour by a team from Switzerland, courtesy of the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL).
This will not only promote the exposure of a visiting foreign teams to Sri Lanka, but also serve to put sport tourism in the premier league and increase cross-cultural awareness.
The Sunday Times reports hat FFSL aims to promote exposure of a visiting foreign team to many local clubs as possible and “interact with Europe-based clubs and other organisations to support football in Sri Lanka for its development programmes and exposure”.
Says FFSL President Anura de Silva: “We are delighted with this opportunity as there are many former professional players accompanying this team.
“We feel the tour will also help position Sri Lanka in Europe as a great tourist destination, as well as for sports tourism, which will certainly gain additional foreign revenue to the country.”
The Swiss team will be touring the length and breadth of the country with friendly matches organised in the districts of Anuradhapura, Jaffna, Gampola, Nuwara Eliya and Matara.
The Swiss team comprises of 25 members including Gianni D’Agostino – team captain, with 16 players and a staff team of 8, which includes for media/photography personnel and a physician.
The goal of Football Without Borders is to break down barriers between states through sport, develop football in countries with fewer resources, and equip teams with the basic requirements such as footballs, jerseys, pants and socks.
Football Without Borders is fielding a support team including Hüssu Matur, president; Marco Gähler, coach; Albi Saner, spokesman; Kathrin Arnold, physiotherapist; and Stephanie Marti, photographer.
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