The Norway Cup Tournament, also called “The World’s Largest Football Tournament”, opened Saturday with a flower parade in honour of the victims of last week’s terrorist tragedy, followed by a memorial concert.
At first there was some uncertainty as to whether or not the tournament should be cancelled, but with the approval of the police and the authorities, the week-long tournament will now run according to schedule.
Young people from all over the world participate in the tournament at Ekebergsletta, on the outskirts of Oslo.
30,000 young boys and girls from 51 nations are participating in this year’s Norway Cup.
This event has long had a truly cosmopolitan dimension and a history of pushing boundaries.
Proud moments include watching a team from Israel play a team from the Palestinian territories in the 1990s and later watching teenagers from war-torn Afghanistan take to the pitch.
Organisers hope that legacy will be added to this year – making the statement that Norwegian determination will triumph over the horrors of recent days.
Source: Michelle Clifford, Sky senior correspondent
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