India to host Under-17 FIFA World Cup in 2017

India warded off stiff challenges from Ireland, 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts South Africa and Asian giants Uzbekistan to win the rights from the international football federation.

updated: December 06, 2013 00:59 IST
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India have won the right to host the 2017 Under-17 FIFA World Cup. This will be the biggest football tournament ever on Indian soil. The All India Football Federation submitted India's bid to host the under-17 event only in November after obtaining necessary guarantees on tax exemption and security from the Union government. The Under-17 World Cup happens every two years. UAE hosted this year while Chile will stage the 2015 event.

The FIFA executive committee awarded the tournament to India after a meeting in the eastern Brazilian city of Salvador da Bahia on Thursday. The bidding countries are required to submit written guarantees on tax exemption for broadcasters and sponsors, foreign exchange remittances, security, transport and accommodation of players, and visa, among others. (It is historic for India to host this mega event: Praful Patel)

India's first bid in January was rejected due to insufficient assurances from the government. But in June this year, the sports ministry backed AIFF's ambitious plans. While the expenses of hosting the event will be borne by FIFA and AIFF, the government assured additional financial assistance. "While the expenditure for upgradation of stadia (Rs 95 crore) will be provided as additional central assistance to the state governments, a sum of Rs 25 crore is kept as a contingency to ensure smooth conduct of the tournament," said a sports ministry statement. The AIFF has proposed holding of matches in five states -- Delhi, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka and one among Assam, Goa and Kerala.

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