It’s been all-work and no-play for Narendra Modi, ever since he was sworn in as Leader of the World’s largest democracy… But he could soon be heading to Rio, for a little fun in the sun.
The newly-elected Indian Prime Minister, who is currently on his first overseas tour, has received yet another invitation. According to Indian media reports, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has extended Modi an invitation to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup final.
Modi is anyway expected to travel to Brazil for the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit scheduled for between the 15th and 17th of July, but considering the events are so close together, the Brazilian President has reportedly extended the invitation to all BRICS country leaders.
The summit, which was originally scheduled for March earlier this year, was postponed at the request of China so that Chinese Premier Xi Jinping, a reported football fanatic could catch some of the World Cup fun. After all, this is the most-watched sporting event in the World with a viewership of a billion+ people.
Just last week, the Indian Prime Minister had commemorative World Cup postage stamps released.
If he does choose to attend, Modi will find himself in the company of South African President Jacob Zuma, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping and of course the host Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
Other leaders reported to be there include UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Prince Albert of Monaco, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Emir of Qatar, whose nation will be hosting the tournament in 2022.
Though reports of Mr. Modi’s attendance have yet to surface, it would be downright foolish to pass on such an amazing opportunity.