The FIFA executive committee declared that India will be given an opportunity to host their first FIFA event in the form of Under-17 World Cup Football.
This will be the biggest Football event India has ever witnessed. Other countries in the race to grab this big event were Ireland, Uzbekistan and South Africa.
“India confirmed by the FIFA ExCo as host of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017,” FIFA tweets after the meeting.
“Yes, India has won the right to host the 2017 Under-17 World Cup Football. It’s official now,” All India Football Federation General Secretary Kushal Das.
FIFA under-17 World Cup 2017 will be a 24-nation extravaganza. A meeting was held at Salvador de Bahia, Brazil on 5th December 2013, to decide the tournament venue. The venue has been distributed among a few major cities namely New Delhi, Margao, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Kochi and Guwahati.
President of AIFF, Praful Patel, congratulated India for this historic development.
He said, “This is historic. This is what we have been waiting for. I need to thank the FIFA Executive Committee for keeping their trust in us and granting India the rights to host the 2017 U-17 World Cup. I am also grateful to the Government of India for their support and giving us the necessary guarantees which made it possible for India to bid for the 2017 World Cup,”
The Sports Minister also cherishes this moment and did not hesitate to provide further details regarding the expenditure of this event.
“While the expenditure for upgradation of stadia (Rs 95 crore) will be provided as additional central assistance to the State Governments, a sum of Rs 25 crore is kept as a contingency to ensure smooth conduct of the tournament,” he said.