The 3rd annual Anti-Racism World Cup was launched in west Belfast today, with a host of participants set to make it the best tournament yet.
The World Cup will kick-off on July 31 and continue until August 2 and is timed to coincide with the opening of Féile an Phobail, the West Belfast Festival.
Among the countries that will be represented at this year’s World Cup are: Ghana, Italy, Germany, the Congo, Palestine, Poland, China, the Philippines, Lebanon, England, Scotland, Portugal, Kurdistan, the Basque Country, Catalonia and, of course, Ireland.
Community groups, schools, anti-racism activists, individuals and World Cup participants from across Belfast and further afield today gathered at Donegal Celtic Football Club’s Suffolk Road ground to launch the event.
The tournament was established by local activists in conjunction with international friends and comrades in 2007 and launched by the late Bob Doyle, veteran of the Spanish Civil War. Since then the tournament has gone from strength to strength, with more countries being represented by teams and more organisations throwing their support behind the World Cup and its progressive ethos.
Local star shows off his skills at the launch