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One of the topics at the Indian Football convention from Feb 14-15 will be highlighting the importance of the Under-17 World Cup to India

The fifth session at FICCI's GOAL 2013 conference to be held at the Federation House, New Delhi from February 13-15, 2013 will focus on taking football to the masses. The Panel discussion in this session is aptly titled 'Importance of the Under-17 World Cup' and will be chaired by Mr. Rathindra Basu, Head – Business Development and Corporate Communication, ESPN Star Sports India.

The session will involve discussions over the Under-17 World Cup to India seeing the benefits that a country gets when it hosts a FIFA World Cup, which is the premier football property in the world.  It serves as the perfect platform for countries to come together to celebrate the beautiful game and for the host nation to leverage the power of football to build its own economy and football landscape.  It will also be pondered as to how a successful bid for India in its effort to host the 2017 U-17 FIFA World Cup could be the catalyst the country needs to put itself on the global football map.


                                                          Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran

Confirmed panelists for the session includes

  •    Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, All India Football Association (AIFF)

  •       Mr. Onkar Kedia, Joint Secretary, Sports, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs*

  •       Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran, India Development Officer, FIFA

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