By our Sports Reporter
GUWAHATI, August 9: Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal held a meeting with a delegation of U-17 FIFA World Cup in the conference room of his office chamber in Assam Secretariat today. The meeting was held as a sequel of steps that Chief Minister has been taking to streamline the available sporting infrastructure and facilities for the U-17 FIFA World Cup which will be held in September-October 2017 in India. Guwahati is already selected as one of the venue of this prestigious event.
Chief Minister, during the meeting, directed Additiol Chief Secretary RT Jindal to take all necessary steps to transform Guwahati as one of the most sought after football venues in the country. He also asked the concerned authority to prepare Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, the main venue, and four other practice venues before the FIFA delegation visits the game venues on October 24. The tourment is likely to be held in September-October next year featuring 24 countries.
Chief Minister also asked the authorities to put in place a full proof security system including a state-of- the-art health facilities for the foreign players. Sonowal also laid stress on presenting Guwahti as a unique tourist destition and presents all hospitality to the players and other FIFA officials. He also asked officials to upgrade and renovate players’ dressing room, media centre, VIP lounge, FIFA Office, players tunnel etc. Minister of State (I/C) for Sports and Youth Welfare ba Kumar Doley, Additiol Chief Secretary RT Jindal, Commissioner and Secretary Ajay Tewari, Technical Director U-17 FIFA World Cup Javier Ceppi, Venue Operation Head Roma Khan, Assam Football Association Secretary Ankur Dutta, Director, Sports Authority of India, Guwahati, Subhas Basumatary along with others were present at the meeting.