This year India is hosting one of the most awaited sports events of the world the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which is also the first FIFA event in the country
The footballing extravaganza will take place in six cities spread over the country which are-New Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Kochi and Margao – from October 6 to 28.
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Well, it is indeed a turning point for the future of football in a country obsessed with cricket. But did you know that unlike other World Cup events, this one didn’t have an opening ceremony?
Want to know the reason?
Here’s what Jaime Yarza, FIFA’s Head of Tournaments had to say about cancelling out the opening ceremony.
Yarza made it clear that something like is not particularly welcomed. In an interview over e-mail with PTI Yarza said,
“FIFA and the Local Organising Committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup have been working very closely with the Government of India to make the upcoming tournament a great success.
During the course of this work, FIFA has been informed about the Government of India’s interest in holding an opening ceremony for the FIFA U-17 World Cup”
He further said,”To be in line with previous tournaments, and in the best interest of the sport, we believe that the main focus should remain on football and the players, and that the investment necessary for an opening ceremony is better deployed in the youth and in football development of the country – even more so now with the AIFF’s ambitious plans to lay solid foundations for India’s footballing future.”
Keeping in mind the success of this mega sports event, the sporting venues have been upgraded with world class facilities across the host cities as well as a good number of voluunteers and other security personals have also been pressed into service to make sure there aren’t any discrepencies during the games.
As per the reports, there are only few tickets left across the host cities as the football fever has gripped the nation totally.