FIFA satisfied with preparations in southern Indian city ahead of U-17 World Cup

Tournament director, Jevier Ceppi added that six Indian cities have been provisionally selected, and if preparations are not up to the mark, these particular cities might not host the mega event. Photograph:( AFP )

Reuters Kochi, Kerala, India Aug 06, 2016, 05.31 PM (IST)
FIFA officials on Saturday expressed satisfaction with the pace of work in India's southern Kochi city, which is one of the provisional venues for its Under-17 World Cup next year.

Earlier in the day, state chief of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, chaired a high-level meet with Tournament Director of FIFA Under 17's Local Organising Committee (LOC), Jevier Ceppi, and other officials to review the preparations. The delegation later visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, where construction work is underway.

"Work is moving, which is something that is important. Work needs to keep at the pace or even improve the pace to make sure that everything is ready by October 2016. So I am sure that now with government assuring that everything will be ready, I am agreeing that everything will be ready by October 2016. They make all their best efforts to happen," said Ceppi.

He added that six Indian cities have been provisionally selected, and if preparations are not up to the mark, these particular cities might not host the mega event.

An evaluation team from the FIFA will visit the venues in October to inspect their level of preparedness. Apart from Kochi, the other shortlisted venues are New Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati, and Margao.

This will be the first time India hosts the FIFA World Cup tournament and also makes its World Cup debut. The host nation automatically enters the tournament. The event will take place sometime around October 2017.

It will be the biggest soccer tournament staged in India, who won the nomination by beating bids from 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa and Uzbekistan.

(Reuters)

 
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