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Rio de Janeiro: World football governing body Fifa (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) has earmarked around $38 million to ensure smooth organization of the Under-17 World Cup in India in 2017.

“For the U-17 World Cup in 2017, Fifa officials have told us that they have kept around $38 million for organizational purpose only," AIFF (All India Football Federation) vice-president Subhas Chpora said.

Chopra was accompanied by AIFF treasurer Hardev Jadeja and executive committee member Ankur Dutta as part of an AIFF delegation to the Fifa Congress in Sao Paulo ahead of World Cup 2014.

“(Fifa president Sepp) Blatter is very committed to helping India stage a successful tournament and we are getting a lot of support form the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) also in this regard," Chopra added.

As part of its various development initiatives, Fifa chose India after it beat Ireland, South Africa, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan to win the bid in the executive committee meeting in December.

Fifa was convinced after the United Progressive Alliance government gave all the necessary guarantees and complied with the strict norms laid down by the sporting body.

Meanwhile, a two-member delegation from Fifa recently visited the eight prospective venues in the country, including the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Margao, with Goa reportedly expressing willingness to stage the tournament final.

AIFF’s winning the bid was seen as a historic development for Indian football, with both former and current players giving their thumbs-up to the event.

Former India players, including I.M. Vijayan, said the event will help the game come up in India. PTI

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