European Union External Action

Launch of the “Orange Ball Cup” – the first ever football tournament for Tajik girls and boys

18/01/2021 - 13:37
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Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Tajikistan


To mark the 16 days of activism against Gender based violence, EUDEL Tajikistan launched the 1st Mini World football cup for boys and girls in Tajikistan. The Orange Ball Cup, was co-organised together with the Tajik MFA and Football Federation, as well as with 16 sponsoring embassies, including the US, Russia, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Japan, Iran, KSA  and Turkey. During the Cup, 150 girls from Tajikistan’s rural areas were also given the once in a life time experience to train with the female national football team, receive professional football- and sport coaching from the country’s most famous sport stars, discuss self-empowerment and gender issues, as well as the opportunity to visit the cultural sites of the capital Dushanbe. Certainly a weekend full of emotions, new motivation, inspiration and life-long lasting memories.  


© Hugo van Tilborg