Preparations for the FIFA U-17 World Cup are in full swing, with the Sports Ministry trying its best to create a buzz around the event, so that the World Cup proves to be a significant event in the Indian footballing folklore.
In the latest promotional event, the Sports Ministry will have 10 lakh school students across Maharashtra play football as part of the Mission million project. The event will take place simultaneously on September 8 in about 30,000 schools in the state.
“The September 8 event will be part of the Mission Million we are organising to mark the tournament,” said Vinod Tawde, the Maharashtra sports minister.
“On that day, the entire Maharashtra will turn into one happy playground,”
“One lakh footballs have been distributed in one over 30,000 schools in Maharashtra as part of Mission Million,”
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for ushering in sports culture in the country and we are organising the Mission Million event in response to his appeal,” Tawde said.
“A football tournament for legislators is also being organised next week,” Tawde said.
“Two teams, called the Speaker’s Eleven and the Chairman’s Eleven will compete in it”e concluded.
Vijay Goel and the Sports Ministry have been working tirelessly to make this event a success, as the event would have a lot of bearing on India’s footballing future. The idea has been to spread the game to the masses and to entice them to come to the stadiums to watch the lads play.