Government approves India's bid to host U-17 Football World Cup in 2017

India's first bid was rejected earlier this year due to insufficient assurances from the government. But with the government giving the green signal in providing guarantees that would meet FIFA's basic requirements.

updated: June 13, 2013 14:28 IST
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New Delhi: The government on Thursday gave the go-ahead to India's ambitious bid to host the U-17 Football World Cup in 2017, thus boosting the country's chances of organising the tournament that is already being backed by FIFA vice-president Jerome Valcke.

"The Union Cabinet today gave its approval to the proposal for submitting guarantees sought by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) from the Government of India for their bid to host the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Under 17 World Cup Football Tournament in 2017 in India," a statement issued by the Sports Ministry said.

Till now uncertainty loomed large over India's bid as FIFA, world football's governing body, needed guarantees on tax exemption, security, transport and accommodation of players, visa and foreign exchange.

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