All India Football Federation (AIFF) Acting General Secretary Sunando Dhar has said that he has been assured of full support by Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Thakur for the successful conduct of FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup 2022. Notably, there were clouds of uncertainty hovering over the tournament that will be held in India from October 11-30, 2022 across Bhubaneswar, Navi Mumbai, and Goa.
Jaime Yarza, Director of Tournaments, FIFA, and Sunando Dhar inspected the preparations for the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup India 2022 and looked satisfied. Sunando Dhar called the visit fruitful. “It was a very fruitful visit, and Anurag-Ji assured us that the Government of India will go out of the way to provide all required support for the tournament to be an overwhelming success,” said Dhar in a statement.
“We intend to carry forward together the legacy of the FIFA U17 World Cup held in 2017, and we are immensely grateful to the Government of India and FIFA for their support and guidance,” he added.
The Indian sports minister was also briefed about FIFA’s new initiative ‘Football for Schools,’ a programme where football meets education inspiring children to learn life skills through fun football sessions. Anurag Thakur put forth the idea of incorporating the E-Pathshala concept into it.
Notably, the E-Pathshala concept is an athlete coaching and education programme conceptualized by the Sports Authority of India along with the All India Football Federation, to take football to the masses on the occasion of Amrit Mahotsav. The Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements.
Launch of tickets to kick off on August
While the AIFF has been assured of full support for the organization of the U17 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the launch of tickets will kick off on August 5. Anurag Thakur has been invited to be the chief guest at the launch event. The day will also see football legends from the country being involved in an exhibition football match.