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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'.

The approach is to work with school principals and sports teachers and 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.

With 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.

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