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AIFF may submit Cup bid next week

New Delhi: The much-awaited Indian bid to host the 2017 under-17 World Cup is likely to be submitted to Fifa next week, according to AIFF sources.

However, despite AIFF’s efforts, Fifa is unlikely to consider the Indian bid before the end of this year, as it would be in no position to take up the issue in its executive committee meeting on September 27 and 28 in Switzerland. Under the present circumstances, the Indian bid would now be taken up in the next executive meeting in Tokyo, in December.

AIFF general secretary Kushal Das, however, said that all hurdles towards submitting the bid have finally been cleared. “The necessary documents and letters from different ministries and state governments have arrived. On Monday, we expect to get the final clearance from sports ministry and would soon submit the bid officially after having obtained a legal opinion,” Das told The Telegraph.

Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke has already assured India of awarding the 2017 under-17 World Cup. “We, in Fifa, believe that if there is one country in Asia we have to focus, it’s India. The best way to promote India would definitely be to organise the under-17 World Cup,” he said.