Narendra Modi: Infantino regrets not meeting PM Modi during FIFA U-17 World Cup | Football News
NEW DELHI: FIFA President Gianni Infantino has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, congratulating India for efficiently internet hosting the U-17 World Cup final month.
The FIFA chief additionally expressed remorse that he couldn’t meet Modi, who graced the opening ceremony right here on October 6.
“The FIFA delegation has now returned to Zurich with a number of unforgettable reminiscences and having made many warm-hearted new friendships throughout our keep in Kolkata for the ultimate matches of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 and the FIFA Council Assembly,” Infantino stated in a letter to the PM.
“I wish to congratulate your authorities on its position in your nation’s profitable internet hosting of FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 and categorical my gratitude in the direction of Native Organising Committee, to your authorities, and to all those that labored so arduous to organise this competitors within the host cities of New Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati and Kolkata. All of them contributed immensely to an exquisite and memorable occasion,” he stated within the letter.
The contents of the letter had been made accessible by the All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) in a launch.
Infantino regretted that he couldn’t attend the opening ceremony and meet Modi however talked about that he’ll stay up for assembly him in future to trade concepts about “the approaches to creating soccer” in India.
“Sadly, a lot to my remorse, I used to be not in a position to attend the opening ceremony of the competitors and to satisfy you in particular person in New Delhi, attributable to different prior commitments,” he stated.
“I’m nevertheless satisfied we can have the chance to satisfy sooner or later to trade concepts concerning the approaches to creating soccer in your nation, in addition to our visions on the vital position that soccer performs in breaking down cultural and social obstacles, making it a sport accessible to everybody.”
Infantino additionally praised the AIFF for its “exceptional work and efforts”.
“I wish to reward the exceptional work and efforts of the AIFF to implement new plans for the event of our sport in your nation, such because the Mission 11 Million and the development of AIFF Nationwide Centre of Excellence in Kolkata. I wish to reiterate my thanks in your contribution in the direction of supporting soccer growth and selling the values of our sport in your nation,” he stated.
“I can guarantee you that our keep in your nation has given me contemporary willpower to supply any help from FIFA and the worldwide soccer group that might be useful within the realisation of those developmental initiatives.”