Boby Chemmanur is on a tour of Kerala with a gold statuette of football legend Diego Maradona . The gold trader will cover 812 kms on an open-topped vehicle before heading to Qatar .
Kochi (Kerala) (India), November 24: Boby Chemmanur, a Kerala-based gold trader who is on a tour of the state with a gold statuette of football legend Diego Maradona and will later fly off to watch the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar, reached Kochi on Thursday.The gold trader, who is an avid follower of the enchanting sport and a self-confessed Argentina fan, will cover 812 kms on an open-topped vehicle before heading to Qatar.Chemmanur said that his primary aim is to reach out to students by means of the sport that unites them and demand their help in combating opioid use.Chemmanur visited two colleges in Kochi on Thursday, where he made students commit to never using drugs again.The punchline, Football addiction against drug abuse, is now being used by students and the general public in the campaign.He had offered to fly to India to launch the initiative, but left us before it was fully realized.Although he has been to heaven, Chemmanur said it is on us to carry the message forward and carry on his unfinished mission.He said he once met Maradona in Dubai and attempted to give him a golden football. During his playing days, the footballing legend, who was nicknamed El Diego, wanted the statue to be 5.5 feet.I am sorry that I could not finish his request during his lifetime.Nonetheless, I have made it.He said that the ball is made of pure gold, as are the magical feet.He said that he once asked Maradona to help India host the FIFA World Cup at least once.On his favorite team losing 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in the World Cup, he said ruefully. Chemanur began his journey on November 21 from Thiruvananthapuram.After his famous goal against England in the FIFA World Cup in Mexico, the golden statuette of Maradona is titled Hand of God, and the team led by Chemmanur will drive through Karnataka, Goa, and Mumbai before heading to Qatar with the golden statuette of his footballing hero.