Saudi Arabia to play opening World Cup game with ball returning from space

Artemyev and two US astronauts begin a mission to the International Space Station ISS about 400 kilometers above the earth tomorrow. (Supplied)

The ball being used in the opening match of the World Cup, between Saudi Arabia and host Russia, is taking a trip to space on an international mission.

"We are taking the ball that will be used in the first game," Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev has been quoted as saying.

الرائد أوليغ أرتمييف (يمين) سيحمل الكرة الى الفضاء، وزميله أنتون شكابليروف يعيدها في مايو الى الأرض

الرائد أوليغ أرتمييف (يمين) سيحمل الكرة الى الفضاء، وزميله أنتون شكابليروف يعيدها في مايو الى الأرض

Artemyev and two US astronauts begin a mission to the International Space Station ISS about 400 kilometers above the earth tomorrow.

In May, his Russian colleague Anton Shkaplerov will return the ball to earth before the opening game on June 14.
 

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