In a unique gesture, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will on Wednesday present footballs to all MPs of both Houses of Parliament at a function near the Gandhi statue at Parliament.
The Lok Sabha Speaker will do this as a part of the mass awareness programme launched by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to reach out to children to create football fever.
Sports Minister Vijay Goel attended the BJP Parliamentary meet on Tuesday with a football to promote FIFA-U17 World Cup.
The government is making all-out efforts to promote football. The Lok Sabha Speaker will distribute footballs to Parliamentarians tomorrow (Wednesday) to popularise the sport. The MPs will in turn promote the sport in their respective constituencies,Vijay Goel, Union Sports Minister
Kolkata's iconic Salt Lake Stadium will stage the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on 28 October while Navi Mumbai and Guwahati have been selected to host the semi-finals of the prestigious tournament which India is hosting for the first time.
Following a week-long inspection tour of the six venues chosen for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, and with less than 200 days to go until the footballing talents of the future compete on the pitch, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) have announced the tournament schedule.
The tournament will start in New Delhi and Navi Mumbai with the first double headers being held on 6 October, while the four quarter-finals will be held in Goa, Guwahati, Kochi and Kolkata.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Mann Ki Baat on 26 March said that the FIFA U-17 World Cup would bring football to the forefront and encourage youngsters to take up sports.