India has never been a one sport nation - AIFF President Praful Patel

The AIFF President, addressing the International Football Arena roundtable, was optimistic about restoring Indian football to its past glories....

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel believes that India can make it into the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar.

Speaking at the International Football Arena roundtable, Patel expressed optimism about India regaining its lost glory of the past eras in football.

"India has never been a one sport nation. Today, India is the home of world cricket and we are certain that in the years to come, football will regain its lost glory. Our vision document LAKSHYA has been well received by the FIFA and we are working towards having our presence felt at the FIFA World Cup, 2022," said Patel.

The IFA roundtable conference, which was attended by top bureaucrats from across the footballing world, including Chelsea CEO Ron Gourlay, focused on the development of all aspects of football in India.

FIFA as well as other International bodies and clubs reiterated on the need to focus on the Indian football market, with special emphasis on grassroots level development of football.

Meanwhile Jerome Valcke, the FIFA general secretary, also stressed on the need of a public-private sector partnership in football, which the Frenchman thinks is the only way for football in India to develop faster.

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