Over the moon about Rio honeymoon

Over the moon about Rio honeymoon

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It's a dream showdown and a perfect second honeymoon for Iain Hoo, who will bring his wife Claudia to Rio de Janeiro and catch the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina live at the Maracana.

The best part is, he will not have to pay a single cent for their business class flights on Qatar Airways, a five-day four-night hotel stay and a one-day city tour of Rio.

All thanks to Courts' "Catch the Finals in Brazil" competition, Hoo had won the top prize after he emerged tops from 40 lucky draw finalists, who were tested on their knowledge about Courts and football, plus a series of football-related challenges.

The 35-year-old civil servant told The New Paper: "I'm very excited to be able to celebrate my fourth wedding anniversary with my wife by watching the World Cup final live in Brazil, thanks to Courts.

"I support England but, even though they are not there, I'm still looking forward to a great match between Germany and Argentina, seeing all the world-class players in action, as well as a great atmosphere at the stadium.

"It's a bit of history for myself because I've never been to a World Cup. Hopefully, I'll be able to witness history too if Germany can become the first European team to win the competition in South America.

"I remember watching my first World Cup on TV in 1990 with my older brother and West Germany won that year. This would be something of a full circle if Germany win again.

"I just hope everything is calmer and safer after that wild match which Brazil lost 7-1 to Germany."

The contest was held as part of Courts' 40th anniversary celebration in Singapore. The qualifying period was from April 1 to June 8 and a minimum spending of $400 in a single receipt entitled the paying customer to one lucky-draw chance.

Tim Luce, country CEO of Courts Singapore, said: "This competition is our way of saying thank you to Singapore and everyone who has been a part of our 40-year journey.

"Courts is well known for bringing unique football experiences to customers and fans, and we hope that Iain and his wife will enjoy being a part of football history and come back with great stories to tell about their trip to Brazil."

davidlee@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on July 11, 2014.
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