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AIFF targets India’s participation in 2022 WC

AIFF targets India’s participation in 2022 WC
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Optimistic about the future of Indian football, All India Football Federation Vice-President, Ankur Dutta said the I-league is a step in right direction to promote the game in the country. ‘AIFF has initiated all possible steps to promote football as we are targetting India’s participation in the 2022 World Cup,’ Dutta said on Wednesday. FIFA has promised all possible assistance to promote the game and already given eight artificial turfs with promise for more in future, he said.

India has expressed its willingness to host the Under-17 World Cup championship in 2017 and the world body was to finalise the venue soon, he said expressing confidence that.

India’s bidding for the U-17 World Cup will be heard fairly. Indian football will get a boost, if the U-17 World Cup would be allotted to us, he opined.

‘We have adequate infrastructure to host the championship, which would also allow further scope to improve it before 2017,’ he said. When asked about the recent statement of FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke that I-league had failed to impress even after five season and needed to have a commercial as well as television partner to make it more attractive, Dutta said I-league is step in right direction to promote the game in the country and the league has helped the Indian football to gain popularity in the country.

‘We will have to provide more international exposure to achieve the target to see India qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, he said adding that AIFF’s focus now was to conduct the Under-17 World Cup, if allotted, successfully.’ ‘Barring few teams, we were aware about other football teams and players before the inception of the I-league five years ago, he observed adding that today, ‘we have over 14 teams and International repute footballers playing the league and thats a good way to start proceedings.
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