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India set to host U-17 Cup

New Delhi: Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke on Wednesday virtually assured India of allotting the 2017 under-17 World Cup. He feels it will help the development of the game in the country.

Valcke, currently in the capital to sign a memorandum of understanding with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) regarding organisational and technical support, said Fifa was waiting for India to submit the bid.

“Once India complete the bidding process, we can always request our executive committee to allot the under-17 World Cup to India. It will help the federation in promoting football.”

Valcke pointed out that staging the under-17 World Cup is easier than hosting the World Cup. “In World Cup, you need stadiums with the capacity of 1,00,000. But in under-17, a stadium with 20,000 capacity is enough,” he said.

Later in the day, the Fifa secretary general also met sports minister Ajay Maken.

AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said: “NOCs and letters from several ministries and state government are needed to complete the bidding process. We have received all letters, except for one from the ministry of information and broadcasting. Once that letter comes, we will submit the bid immediately.”