Kushal Das: I hope the government understands that hosting the U-17 World Cup is a crucial project for Indian football

The Indian FA general secretary was pleased that a Cabinet meeting will be summoned to discuss the pros and cons of hosting the mega tournament…

With the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) calling for a Cabinet meeting to deliberate on bidding to host the U-17 World Cup in 2017, the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Das hopes to receive an assurance on the minimum guarantees FIFA wants within the timeline.

The governing body for world football has opened the bid for all parties last month and by 15th of this month, the FA has to express an interest in hosting the youth competition.

“I would like to clarify that what the PMO has done is to state that a Cabinet meeting should be called to review the guarantees and examine them and in a way that they support us. But coming from the PMO’s office, it’s a great thing because that may make the whole process much smoother,” Das told Goal.

The bidding timeline is as follows:

15 May 2013 Declaration of Interest - deadline for the member associations to declare their interest in hosting by submitting the completed and signed Declaration of Interest form
31 May 2013 FIFA Hosting Agreements - deadline for FIFA to send out the corresponding Hosting Agreements to those associations who have declared an interest
15 July 2013 Terms and Conditions - deadline for the member associations to reconfirm their interest in bidding by submitting the signed Terms and Conditions
15 November 2013 Hosting Agreement with the complete Bid Book - deadline for the member associations to submit the signed Hosting Agreements together with their complete Bid Packages
December 2013 Appointment of hosts by the FIFA Executive Committee

Das stressed that hosting the U-17 World Cup will go a long way to help develop Indian football on a large scale.

“The time limit is September 2013. We are trying to see to give our documents before FIFA Congress this month. But I am not sure if the government will be in a position to confirm the guarantee by then. The deadline of 15thMay, we have to confirm that we are an interested party though we have done it earlier. But just to ensure the process is followed, we shall send our interest again. I hope so the government understands that this is a very important development project for Indian football.”

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