U-17 WC: FIFA satisfied with Salt Lake Stadium
Posted on Feb 28 2014 | IBNS
By Probal Chakraverti, Kolkata, Feb 28 : A FIFA delegation inspecting India's different football venues for the 2017 Under-17 World Cup, on Friday expressed satisfaction with the existing facilities at the sprawling Salt Lake Stadium, here.
FIFA, the football governing body in Brazil last year, awarded India with the opportunity to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017.
The inspection of the Salt Lake Stadium, was the 8th final venue for the FIFA delegation.
"We are very much satisfied with such massive stadium and all is in good shape," said FIFA delegation chief Inaki Alvarez, Head of Event Management Competitions Division.
After going through the stadium's pitch, galleries and other setups for 150 minutes, Alvarez told reporters that they would now sit together to discuss how best the infrastructure could be used for the world class football championship.
He said his visit was a wonderful one and he would often visit to see the preparations for the 2017 U-17 World Cup.
He noted that the hospitality was very cordial and he was impressed with the massive stadium.
Asked if he had suggested for converting the artificial surface into a natural one, Alvarez said that he was not a technical person.
He, however, said that the preparation was a long time process and in the coming time meeting and discussions would lead them to use best possible way with the infrastructure.
"We are satisfied in general," said Alvarez, who was accompanied by Windsor John, the deputy general secretary of Asian Football Confederation and Vijay Parthasarthy, Manager-IT (Competitions).
All India Football Federation's (AIFF) senior vice-president Subrata Dutta, AIFF I-League CEO Sunanda Dhar and West Bengal government's principal sports secretary Rakesh Pandey were also present during the news congress and inspection.
Delhi, Kochi, Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai, Margao, Guwahati and Kolkata are in the running to host the World Cup matches.
But the FIFA would choose six venues for the mega event.