India need to upgrade U-17 World Cup stadia: FIFA

FIFA officials will be in India for around 10 days to inspect the stadia shortlisted for the World Cup. They will be visiting the eight venues shortlisted by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and select only six of them.

updated: February 27, 2014 14:44 IST
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New Delhi: A team of FIFA inspectors visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday and said there was an urgent need to refurbish stadia around the country in preparation for the 2017 U-17 FIFA World Cup.

Inaki Alvarez, Deputy Director and head of event management competitions division, along with his two FIFA colleagues and local officials inspected the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which is one of the probable venues for the showpiece event. The FIFA officials also visited the Thyagaraj Sports Complex and the Ambedkar Stadium.

"I know three-and-half years is a long time (referring to the start of the tournament) but still there needs to be urgency in bringing the stadia up to the FIFA regulation," said Alvarez at the Nehru Stadium.

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