The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the U-17 FIFA World Cup 2017 confirmed the appointment of Mr. Javier Ceppi as the Tournament Director and Mr. Joy Bhattacharjya, who is the CEO of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL), as the Project Director for the mega event scheduled to be held in October 2017 in India.
Earlier, Goal had exclusively reported that a top official from an IPL franchise was in contention for the Project Director job.
The candidates were shortlisted by an interview panel comprising of Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF, Windsor John, Deputy General Secretary AFC, Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran, FIFA Development Officer and Subrata Dutta, AIFF Executive Committee Member, also the Senior Vice President, AIFF in late August, 2014 at Football House.
The shortlisted candidates were then interviewed by Praful Patel, President, AIFF before the appointments of the two aforementioned names were finalised.
Kushal Das, General Secretary of AIFF, was delighted with the appointments of accomplished candidates, as he stated, “We are extremely pleased with the appointments as both Javier and Joy bring to the table a great amount of experience and expertise.”
He added, “Javier was involved in the U-17 World Cup in UAE in 2013 and is also a Director of the U-17 World Cup which will be held in Chile in 2015 and comes with a great deal of knowledge on how FIFA U-17 World Cups are conducted.”
“Furthermore, Joy has very good experience of media activations and is well known for his creativity and knowledge of managing events and production in India. We all felt that both of them complement each other perfectly in delivering a world class event as well as creating the youth activation for the U-17 FIFA World Cup which is so necessary to change the face of Indian Football.”
The LOC of the U-17 FIFA World Cup 2017 will be based at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi and both Ceppi and Bhattacharjya will take up their reigns at the office from November 1, 2014 onwards.