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Central government urges States, UTs to promote Football ahead of 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India!

India U16sThe Centre has urged the states and Union Territories in India to take necessary steps to popularize and promote the sport of Football in their territory to make the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India a huge success.

The Sports Ministry has sent a letter to all Chief Secretaries of states and asked them to include Football in various programmes of the State Governments.

The Ministry has said that 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup is going to be held in India in October next year and it is the first time that this prestigious tournament will be held in India.

It said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann ki Baat programme, has also called for building an atmosphere and fervor of Football in the country and he wants Football to be played in every nook and corner of the country.

The Ministry went on to say that the Department of Sports has initiated a series of steps to popularize Football throughout the country.

Mission 11 Million programme has been formulated and will be launched in coordination with FIFA in about 30 cities across the country.

The letter said, the primary objective of the programme is to engage more than 11 million children in activities relating to Football and that it is likely to be launched in October 2016, a year ahead of the tournament proper.

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