U-17 Football World Cup is round the corner and bidding to host the event is on full swing. AIFF (All India Football Federation) is also in the list of bidders and in this context Federation has now got the Central Government’s approval. This sanction is a great boost up for the AIFF that wishes to host the World Cup in India with full enthusiasm. Ajay Maken, the Union Sports Minister has conveyed this approval to the Federation chairperson through a letter on 19th September, 2012.
The letter states that India could be a possible platform for this upcoming Football World Cup and it’s a pleasure for the Government to announce his prospect by keeping in mind the future of sports activity in India. Apart from this nod to host the World Cup here, Central Government also proposes to support all the possible efforts that would be required by the AIFF for hosting such a huge event in the country. Also there will be some developments take place in order to make India a perfect stage for U-17 Football World Cup, 2017.
In context of this Football World Cup hosting, Indian Government does not have any predicament if any of the FIFA member is linked up with AIFF to make the event more successful. However, it has already been instructed to AIFF and the Central Government that if India wants to be a host to U-17 Football World Cup, then the venue has to fulfill the certain criterion set by the FIFA. These instructions come during the visit of Jerome Valcke, the general secretary FIFA.
“The security of the players as well as the FIFA crew, their accommodation, transportation and even hygiene facilities should be state-of the art,” as told by Jerome. Moreover, the six venues that have to selected for the games should be class part with all modern facilities required for the play and the players. However, Jerome is wholeheartedly supporting India’s proposal of hosting the event in the country so that the game makes a mark here. He also wishes luck to the AIFF for winning the bid to host 2022 Football World Cup in the country. For 2017 World Cup, Jerome said that India’s developmental organization has to make some significant changes in order to grab the role of the host.
AIFF sent a letter to the Central Government on February 1st, 2012 asking for all necessary support and guarantee required for hosting the U-17 Football World Cup 2017. In this regard, Ajay Maken and entire sports ministry in tandem with other departments has analyzed the possibilities and given the approval.
The final verdict was taken by the executive body meeting of FIFA in Tokyo on December 14, 2012.