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India officially submits bid to host FIFA U-17 World Cup

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 14 November 2013, 04:59 PM

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has submitted its bid to host the prestigious 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

"We are happy that we could submit all the necessary bid documents before the deadline," AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said.

"I am grateful to our President Mr. (Praful) Patel for the initiative taken in following up with the Government in terms of the guarantees required, and ensuring all the guarantees were ready and could be submitted in time," added Das.

I-League CEO Mr.Sunando Dhar submitted the bid documents to FIFA's Director of Competitions Division Mustapha Fahmy at the FIFA Headquarters in Zurich on Tuesday.

"I was at Zurich to submit our bid documents for hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017. The bid will be taken up in the FIFA Executive Committee meeting on December 3," Dhar said.

"FIFA was very happy to receive the guarantees from the Government and the official bid from AIFF. We are eagerly waiting for the final verdict now," he added.

Other nations competing for the bid include Uzbekistan, Ireland and 2010 World Cup host South Africa.

The bidding countries are required to submit written guarantees on tax exemptions for broadcasters and sponsors, foreign exchange remittances, security, transport and accommodation of players, and visa, among others.

First Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 04:37 PM
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