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'We must promote football if India wants to be a sporting powerhouse'

Tue 01 December 2020 | 15:52

Kiren Rijiju, The Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, congratulated AIFF and Praful Patel on getting the right to host U17 World Cup.

The Union Minister of Sporting and Youth Affairs

Kiren Rijiju

met the members of the U17 women’s team, which was held virtually by the

Indian Football Federation

.

He mentioned in this meeting that he is interested in using the player’s feedback which will help the central government to further contribute to the sport.

“I want to thank the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for organizing this virtual meeting with all the players. I want to meet all the girls of the U17 team personally and listen to them as it is very important for the players to speak which will help me and the government of India to gather information on what can we do more for the development of the sport.”

The

U17 World Cup

was scheduled to take place in November 2020, but the pandemic changes the plans.

FIFA

revised the schedule and the tournament is scheduled for February and March in 2021.

Rijiju asked players to stay motivated and congratulated them for getting the right to host the World Cup one again.

“Our U17 team which is together at this time, I am sure they will be disappointed that the World Cup got postponed but I hope they don’t get demotivated and their spirit does not go down. They are just under 17 and their career has just begun.

“The World Cup which got canceled is not because of anyone’s fault, it is because of the global pandemic. But the tournament will be held in 2022 and once again India has been chosen as the host. So I want to congratulate Praful Patel and the entire team who managed to convince FIFA to get the hosting rights again.

“I assure you that there will be full support be it financially, manpower, or anything that is required. The only thing I am sad about is that some of the girls from the current U17 squad will not be able to play in 2022 due to age bar. But I must say that the girls should not lose heart because after this there is the U20 level and then senior team. They are the future. I assure full support from the government,” said the sports minister.

He also added that it is very important for the country to become a footballing nation.

“Football is the biggest sport in the world and we cannot afford to be left behind. If India wants to be a sporting powerhouse we have to grow in football. We have to promote football.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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