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Valcke stresses on positives of hosting U-17 WC to Maken

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

"The sports minister was very positive and extended full support to FIFA and AIFF for hosting the U-17 WC, and Valcke has told him (Maken) that it will bring about a "big change" in a country of so many talented youths," a senior FIFA official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

During a meeting here yesterday, Maken had extended full support to Valcke and Thierry Regenass, director of member associations and development.

Inaugurating the FIFA Developmental Office here today, Valcke emphasised on India's bid to host the U-17 World Cup as well as qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

"I sincerely hope that India qualify for the 2022 World Cup. The developmental office will have to play a big role in that.

"Their bid to host the U-17 World Cup is also being taken seriously and I hope they succeed there as well.

We will help as much as possible," Valcke said.

Valcke is in the Capital on a four-day visit to review the progress of various development projects being undertaken by the world football's governing body.

"It's really pleasing to see our endeavour taking shape in India. The developmental office being located here reflects our intention to develop football from the grassroots in this country. Development offices are an integral part of FIFA as it builds the grassroots." MORE

First Published: Thu, September 06 2012. 18:55 IST
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