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Further Studies in the U.S. and FIFA Cup History - 2003-01-18


Letter from an engineering student from Rangoon, via email, requesting procedures for further studies in the U.S.

Professor Khin Maung Maung, Hampton University in Virginia explained the requirements for studying in the States as undergraduates and post grads. Prof. Maung also explained about TOEFL /SAT requirements to get admission to the colleges and universities.

He said that foreign students can work 20 hours per week under the present rules and regulations. Research assistant and teaching assistant jobs can be available for post grad students in some universities. Post grad students majored in science, math and engineering can get tuition waivers from their respective departments.

A listener from Poung, Mon State asked about the history and the specifications of FIFA World Cup.

U Tun Aung answered: The first was created in 1928 when FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, decided it needed a cup to present to the winner of its inaugural tournament in 1930 in Uruguay. FIFA commissioned French sculptor Abel Lafleur to create the statuette.

The original trophy was about a foot high and weighed 8.4 pounds (3.8 kilograms). When German forces occupied Axis Ally Italy during the war, FIFA vice-president Dr. Ottorino Barassi put the World Cup in a shoebox under his bed to protect it from the Nazis.

In 1946, FIFA renamed the trophy the "Jules Rimet" to honor the FIFA president who served from 1921-54. Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga won out of many submissions from seven countries. Italian trophy manufacturer Bertoni cast the new “FIFA World Cup”.

The trophy is just over a foot high, is made of solid 18-carat gold, and weighs 11 pounds, or almost five-kg. The new Jules Rimet Cup was cast out of pure gold and again mounted on lapis lazuli. Eight gold plates were engraved with the winners from 1930-1970.

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