Indira Gandhi Stadium handed over to FIFA

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GUWAHATI, Sept 27: The Sports Authority of Assam on Tuesday handed over Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium to FIFA ahead of the U-17 World cup beginning on October 6. Guwahati will host the first game on October 8.

The secretary of the Sports Authority of Assam, Pabitraram Khound officially handed over the agreement paper to Roma Khanna, the head of venues of U-17 World Cup, 2017.

Talking to this correspondent Khound on Tuesday said, “The stadium is officially handed over to FIFA today. The function was held at the office of the Directorate of Sports and Youth Welfare. The stadium will now be under FIFA’s custody till the semi-final match of the competition is over.”

It may be mentioned here that Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium will host 9 matches of the forthcoming U-17 World Cup which included six matches at the group stage along with one pre quarter final, one quarter final and one semi final. The semi final match will be held on October 25.

When asked about the preparation Khound said, “Stadium is now in perfect shape to host the event. All the major works related to the competition are completed.”

Meanwhile, participating teams for the U-17 World Cup would likely to arrive in the city from October 2. Guwahati will host the matches of group ‘E’ along with one group game of Group ‘F’. The group ‘E’ comprised of four teams -France, Japan, New Caledonia and Honduras. As per the information available France will likely to be the first team who will arrive in the city on October 2.


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