Calling the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup a “big opportunity for our younger generation”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the event will increase the interest in football in the country.
During his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address to the nation, PM Modi said “My dear countrymen, there is a big opportunity for our younger generation between Navratra festivities and Diwali. FIFA Under-17 World Cup is being organised in our country. I am sure reverberations of the spirit of football will be heard all around.”
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“It will evince more interest in football in every generation. There should not be a single school-college ground in India where we will not see our youngsters at play. Come on, the whole world is coming to play on Indian soil, let us make sports a part of our lives,” he added.
The U-17 World Cup is India’s first-ever FIFA tournament, which will be held from October 6 to 28 in the country. Moreover, it will be the 17th edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
(With PTI inputs)