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New Delhi : Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel on August 25, 2017, provided a unique opportunity to slum children from across Delhi to see the FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy displayed at his residence. The children were also gifted footballs.
Goel said that PM Narendra Modi has always encouraged sports and sportspersons with the motto of “Kheloge To Khiloge”. It has led `Mission 11 Million’ programme, which aims to take football to 11 million kids across the country through 15, 000 schools. So far, 8 million kids have been reached via 12, 000 schools across the country with competitions and mini-football fests, according to a PIB release.
The Sports Minister also said that various Chief Ministers will be urged to take up mass football distribution in their respective states to popularize football. Goel also added that school students in Delhi will get to watch India’s Delhi matches for free and he will discuss the same with authorities from the other venues/cities too. “India has been doing well in recent times and we will continue to support our players in every possible way,” the Minister said, according to the PIB release.
Goel has visited all the venues to check the preparedness for the upcoming World Cup, which is the first FIFA tournament to be hosted by India. Goel also said that India will be keen to host other FIFA events in future too. The FIFA U17 World Cup will be played between October 6 and October 28, 2017. The final will be held at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on October 28, 2017, according to the PIB release.