Union Minister Babul Supriyo has been appointed vice-president of the FIFA U-17 World Cup organizing committee.
"Have appointed my friend and great football fan as Vice President of the U17 World Cup Organising Committee. Welcome aboard @SuPriyoBabul!," All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel, who is the chairman of Local Organising Committee, tweeted.
The singer-turned-politician thanked Patel for the appointment.
"Thank U so much @praful_patel ji fr making me the VicePresident of the U-17 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee SuperExcited for football&me," Supriyo wrote on his twitter handle.
The showpiece event, to be hosted by India for the first time, will be played from October 6 to 28.
The draw of the tournament will be held on July 7.
A FIFA team is scheduled to visit India from March 21 to 27 for the final inspection of the facilities in the six cities which will host matches of the U-17 World Cup.
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