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Assam assurance to Fifa

Guwahati, Dec. 6: With India awarded the Fifa under-17 World Cup football tournament in 2017, the Assam government today assured the world governing body of total security and tax exemption for Guwahati as a venue for the extravaganza.

The Fifa executive committee meeting at Rio de Janeiro yesterday cleared India’s bid for the championship.

Though the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is yet to announce the six final venues for the mega event, the Indian bid comprises Guwahati as one of the venues. The other venues in the bid are Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Calcutta, Bangalore and Goa. “The AIFF is going to announce the venues within a couple of days and, I am sure, Guwahati is going to be definitely among the six,” said Assam Football Association secretary Ankur Dutta.

Law and order being an area of major concern in India, Fifa had sought security guarantee from the local governments of every venue. The amusement tax of about 20 per cent and other local taxes levied on sports events have also been posing a hurdle for some time.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi has, of late, taken personal initiative in directing the departments concerned to prepare the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in the Sarusajai Sports Complex here for the IMG-Reliance League and the Junior World Cup.

Special Olympics: Chandan Rajbangshi of Assam bagged two silver medals for India in Bocce doubles event in the ongoing Special Olympics, Asia Pacific Regional, at New Castle in Sydney.

Trial: The AFA will organise a trial-cum-selection camp at Morigaon from January 7 to pick the team for the 68th Senior National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy of the Northeast zone.