Mascot of 'FIFA under 17' unveiled and 'Mission XI Million programme' launched
Union Minister Vijay Goel and President of AIFF Shri Praful Patel have unveiled the mascot 'KHELEO for FIFA'under 17 ( FIFA U-17) World Cup India 2017. The event is to be held in India from October 6 to 28 this year.
The mascot was
unveiled during the launch of 'Mission XI Million programme'
which is being dubbed as the 'biggest school sport outreach
programme' to 'encourage children to play the beautiful game of
football, gain healthy habits and learn important life lessons in
teamwork and sportsman spirit'.
approach is to work with school principals and sports
encourage and incentivize them to make children play football games
on regular basis, said an official release. The outreach programme
aims to instill the passion for football in 11 million children from
every part of the country.
According to the
release, the programme will be rolled out in every state of the
country, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari from Kutch to Imphal. The
initial activity has already started, and he is extremely encouraged
by the response government is getting from the schools and children.
the FIFA U-17 World Cup, India would build infrastructure and
showcase its ability to organize and execute global sporting events,
it is being claimed.