New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to witness the heart-thumping finale of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, along with Chinese President XI Jinping, a soccer lover, on July 13.
Modi, along with Xi, South African President Jacob Zuma and Russian President Vladimir Putin, are due to attend the 2014 BRICS summit, to be held July 15-17 in the city of Fortaleza, in Brazil.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has reportedly invited the leaders of the BRICS nations to witness the final of the mega sporting event.
If Modi accepts the invitation, he would be joining the other leaders at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.
Rouseff held a 10-minute phone call with Modi after he became prime minister, to congratulate him. Last week, Modi released a commemorative postage stamp on the 2014 FIFA World Cup and expressed the hope that the international event becomes a "bridge for connecting nations.”
Releasing the stamp on June 12, Modi said, "Sports brings about a spirit of amity and belongingness among nations of the world. May the FIFA World Cup become a bridge for connecting nations together!"
Modi also underlined the need for inculcating the love of sports among children within the country with his slogan, "Jo khele, wo hi khile (Only those who play bloom).”