Sports Ministry commits to bidding for FIFA Under-17 World Cup

It is learnt that the FIFA had wanted a tax exemption on the holding of the event, as well as on the earnings of the various international stakeholders connected with it, including broadcasters and sponsors.

updated: February 14, 2013 19:27 IST
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New Delhi: The government has always been committed to India hosting the 2017 Under-17 FIFA Football World Cup and was ready to grant tax exemption to the mega event as wanted by the world governing body of the game, Sports Secretary P K Deb said on Thursday.

The FIFA had asked the All India Football Federation and the government to provide guarantees on tax exemption, security, transport and accommodation of the players, officials and other international stakeholders connected with the holding of the mega event.

A draft prepared by the AIFF and routed through the Sports Ministry had been returned by the FIFA for lack of guarantee in some specific areas. Now another draft is being prepared by the AIFF "by tweaking" certain provisions in it and it will again be sent to the FIFA after the government approval.

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