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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 22/04/2014
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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Six year old Homoud Mohammad al Burtamani has won a chance to walk to the football field with a World Cup team before its match, by participating in McDonald's FIFA World Cup 2014 Player Escort Program.

He has won tickets for two to Brazil and will fly to witness the football mega event with his father. As a player escort, Homoud will get to walk into the field holding a footballer's hand in one of the matches to be played on June 21, a big privilege for a football fan like him.


''I was attending a programme for children with Down Syndrome where free application forms for this McDonald event were available. I filled up one and reached the venue mentioned in the form on the scheduled day. Every participating child and his father were given penalty shootouts, but blindfolded. We attempted and won,'' said Mohammed Sulaiman al Burtamani, Homoud's father. Winners of this contest also get to watch all World Cup matches. An excited Hamoud said, ''I never expected to win an opportunity to travel to Brazil. I like football nd I am very happy.''

Mohammad, a government employee, said he was lucky to have won

His son is among the 21 winners from GCC to escort a player onto the field during the World Cup.

The FIFA World Cup 2014 Player Escort Program was launched in Oman in January this year.

Ali K Daud, development licensee and president of McDonald's Oman, said, ''Witnessing the happiness and enjoyment on the faces of the children who participate in McDonald's Player Escort Program is as rewarding as anything we get to experience in our jobs. Being chosen to go to the world's biggest tournament in Brazil takes this to a whole new level for the lucky children and parents this year.

''The Player Escort Program is just one of many McDonald's initiatives to promote an active lifestyle amongst our communities in Oman, and it's something that we're wholeheartedly committed to as a responsible locally-owned and operated business.''

McDonald's will be supplying the travel, accommodation, match tickets and meals for all recipients and parents during their tri


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