Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup a “big opportunity for our younger generation” and said the event will increase the interest in football in the country.
Delivering the 36th edition of his monthly radio address Mann Ki Baat, PM Modi said, “My dear countrymen, there is a big opportunity for our younger generation between Navratra festivities and Diwali. FIFA Under-17 World Cup is being organised in our country. I am sure reverberations of the spirit of football will be heard all around.”
This is the 17th edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, and will be played under the slogan ‘Football takes over’. The event will be held from October 6 to October 28 in six cities namely New Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Panaji, Kochi, Guwahati and Kolkata.
Twenty-four teams from around the world will be involved in a total of 52 games. These teams have been divided into six groupings of A to F.
“It will evince more interest in football in every generation. There should not be a single school-college ground in India where we will not see our youngsters at play. Come on, the whole world is coming to play on Indian soil, let us make sports a part of our lives,” PM added.
Matches will be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi, the Dr. D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa, the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi, the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati and the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium in Kolkata.
Mann Ki Baat is an apolitical and interactive broadcast focusing on welfare and well-being of the people.