Blatter to visit India

In a much needed boost to India’s bid to host the 2017 Under-17 World Cup Football, FIFA President Sepp Blatter will visit the country early next month to have a first hand account of the developmental work here.

Blatter, who is scheduled to visit Nepal during the AFC Challenge Cup (March 8-19), will be in India on March 9, All India Football Federation vice-president Subrata Dutta said on Monday.

Blatter will meet the Executive Committee members of the AIFF, which is expected to apprise him of the various developmental works in the country, including FIFA projects. He is also likely to visit Bangladesh.

Though on a courtesy visit, Blatter will be keen to know about India’s infrastructural preparedness to host the 2017 U-17 World Cup, which, if awarded, will be the biggest football event in the country

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