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FIFA U-17 WC organisers praise Assam authorities

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Blaming the elements for the last minute shifting of the semifinal between and from Guwahati to Kolkata, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) today praised the for its help during the tournament.

Tournament Director Javier Ceppi commended the in for helping the organisers in trying to get the pitch at the Athletics Stadium playable, though the match was ultimately taken to Kolkata, fearing that the poor pitch conditions could lead to injury to the players.


"...nobody can control the weather and the effects these unforeseen rains had on the Field of Play made it impossible to ensure the safety of players for the scheduled semifinal match. The State gave us all its support to try to get the pitch to a playable condition, deploying workforce, manpower, extra equipment and even a helicopter to try to dry out the ground," Ceppi said in an statement.

"Their efforts on this issue were commendable and we feel everyone in the Northeast should be proud of all the measures that of put in place to try to resolve this situation," he added.

Ceppi said the organisers were extremely grateful for all the help and support provided by the of

"We have worked with the current from of for the past year and a half and they were the reason why Guwahati was chosen as a venue for the U- 17 India 2017.

"Their unstinting support and commitment to the event was tremendous and it is fair that they get due acknowledgement and recognition for all the efforts they made to provide all the people of the Northeast the opportunity of enjoying football in the region," said Ceppi.

"Without the complete support and assurances given by the current of of Assam, it would not have been possible to host the tournament in Guwahati. We are sure that with this leadership, Guwahati will keep on competing to become the Sports Capital of India," he added.

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First Published: Wed, October 25 2017. 15:57 IST
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