Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest initiative to promote the rise of a magical game which is widely popular throughout the world and promote India on the Global Football Map came behind the most prestigious Football Tournament FIFA U-17 that is scheduled later this year, with India being the hosts. Indeed it is the first time that an official FIFA world tournament will be held in this country which makes it a matter of pride and provides another potential kickstart to the development of the sport in our country. This is not the first time PM Modi has encouraged the value of sports in the country that grows national integration. He has again come forward to support the game of football and has also urged the nation to support the efforts to host a successful U-17 football World Cup later this year. In a statement released on 17th January, Prime Minister Modi spoke about how the competition can spark a monumental change in India.
“India is going to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017, but successful hosting of the event alone cannot be our final objective. FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 must be a catalyst for change, the tipping point for football in the country, which can only be done by creating a mass movement around it. The objective is to give an opportunity to every child in the country to play football,” the statement read.
Unlike the earlier government which ruled for over 70 years but did nothing towards this emerging sport of football apart from naming stadiums in the name of Gandhis and Nehrus. This Initiative by PM Modi provides a huge opportunity for the Indian Under 17 side to play in a tournament against some of the best in the world in their age group.
The likes of Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Germany among others are all expected to participate in this grand event later this year. And our fans will surely be witnessing some of the future superstars of the global game in action on our home soil.
The Under-17 World Cup is not just about pride. It is also an opportunity to inspire the youth of the country to take up football as a sport, and our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has provided his full support towards the same, stating, “Football is one of the world’s most popular sports. One of the main reasons for its popularity is that, at it’s most basic level, it requires little to no equipment to be played”.
He further added, “Such a sport is an ideal fit for a country like India where resources are scarce, but there is no shortage of talent, energy and interest.”
In a statement released earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about how the competition can spark monumental change in India. PM Modi also spoke about the Mission XI Million program and called it a “mass movement”, giving complete support to the pioneering initiative. “FIFA U17 World Cup India 2017 must be a catalyst for change, the tipping point for football in the country, which can only be done by creating a mass movement around it. The objective is to give an opportunity to every child in the country to play football,” he said.
Mission XI Million is a mass movement which will take the beautiful game of football to at least 11 Million girls and boys across the country. More than 15,000 schools have agreed to partner with the government towards this initiative.
Modi further encouraged the parents and teachers of the children to motivate them to play football and improve their skill and fitness. He seemed optimistic towards the progress of the game in our country and his belief in the ability of the youth of the country to take India to its rightful place in world football.
A legacy program of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, “Mission XI Million” is a school contact initiative, which leading up to the highly anticipated tournament in October, will evolve into India’s biggest outreach sporting activity ever, and leave a lasting legacy for the first FIFA tournament in India.
Modi, who had spoken about the outreach program in his Mann Ki Baat on 27th March 2016, calling it a “mass movement”, once again spoke about it to give further support to the pioneer program. This will surely see a rise in Indian Football and the youth taking this to a new level seeing the Team represent our Nation globally in other FIFA Tournaments.