Pakistani Footballs Star in 2018 World Cup

February 6th, 2018
posted by admin 9:21 am

As football lovers around the world cheer on their favourite teams in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Russia over the upcoming summer, Pakistanis will also be celebrating their inclusion, although the nation, ranked 198th, will not be participating in the illustrious event.


However, the soccer balls that Pakistan has become famous for making will be used in all of the matches for the World Cup, making more than 200 million Pakistanis feel their presence in the competition even in the absence of their team. Whatever perspective you view it from, Pakistan will be involved in the World Cup, but not in the way one thinks.


The Russian Ambassador Confirms It


The Russian Ambassador to Pakistan, Alexey Dedov, has confirmed that his country was going to be making use of footballs made in Pakistan for the World Cup. Workers at a local sporting company, situated on the outskirts of northeastern Sialkot city, are putting in extra hours so as to make sure the footballs will be ready in time.


Top Quality Sporting Goods


The city, which borders India, although not an historical marvel or major tourist attractionhas long been well known for producing first-rate sports goods, and has been supplying footballs to the kind of huge events that pull in punters via the betting NZ and the rest of the world offers for some time now.


Forward Sports, a company that also produces footballs for the Champions and French Leagues and the German Bundesliga, was in charge of producing official footballs for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, too. The Chairman for the company, Khawaja Masood, spoke of what an honour it was to once again be providing the service.


Thermo Bonded Soccer Balls


Although Khwaja would not release the exact number of footballs that the company will be supplying to the World Cup due to restrictions in place from Adidas, he did state that 700 000 footballs were made each month.


The balls which will be used in the upcoming tournament are technically termed Thermo-Bonded, and were first used in the World Cup in 2014. Before that, Pakistan had been supplying balls that were hand-stitched for almost every single World Cup to take place from the 1990s through to 2010. Thermo-Bonded balls are made by the panels being attached by means of heat, an example of the latest tech adopted by Adidas and then transferred over to Forward Sports in 2013.


Allegations of Child Labour


Pakistan earns around US$1 billion each year from the export of sporting goods, and this number includes US$350 – US$500 million from just footballs. The country’s thriving football industry unfortunately comes under international scrutiny in the late 1990s however, when accusations of children being employed to do the hand stitching for footballs were made.


Local manufacturers, however, have claimed that the child labour issue was exaggerated: Shaikh Jahangir Iqbal, CE of Silver Sports, which is a contracting manufacturer for Nike, said that some small factories were set up in homes and had employed children previously, but these no longer existed. He added that various international labour rights groups had been monitoring the sporting goods industry in Sialkot, and no issues had arisen.


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