first_img“We are looking at October, 2016, by which time all the “We are looking at October, 2016, by which time all the core infrastructure must be ready, one year before the tournament,” said Javier Ceppi, the U-17 World Cup Tournament Director. “We have come over here to see five or six ISL (Indian Super League) matches. We were here for ISL 2014 Final as well. So we know how the stadium operates, when Mumbai City FC is playing. We are satisfied with certain changes to make it compliant to FIFA standards, but it is a good base. “A few friendly matches will be played prior to the tournament. It is a good opportunity for Indian national team and U-19 team to play in this stadium,” he added. According to the Ceppi, September-October is the single best window to have the tournament. Asked about air pollution in Mumbai, Yarza quipped said, “We are requesting for some fresh air, but we are not sure whether it will be responded to.” Vijay Patil, owner of D Y Patil stadium, who was present on the occasion, said, “This is a historic moment for Indian sport. We are deeply honoured that FIFA is visiting our facility. We are putting our best foot forward and it is going to be a great movement in Indias sporting history.”Apart from Yarza, the FIFA delegation comprised Tracy Lu, Felipe Restrepo and Vijay Parthasarathy (Competitions Department), Christina Hollerl (Marketing), Jochem Steinhoff (Media), Paul Calder (TV), Jean Pierre Koeltgen (Ticketing), Mike Pfister (Senior Development Manager) and Shaji Prabhakaran (Development Officer). PTI NRB SSR SDL AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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