If you’re making plans to celebrate the inauguration of the first ever FIFA U-17 World Cup in India and are looking forward to watching the opening ceremony, hold your horses.
According to reports, FIFA has ruled out all options of having an opening ceremony. While this may come as a disappointment to fans, FIFA has a reasonable cause.
Tournament director Javier Ceppi says, "An opening ceremony is not a usual aspect of the conduct of a FIFA -17 World Cup because in these tournaments football is the real star.”
Earlier the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the Sports Ministry of India had planned to conduct a ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on 5th of October with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Chief Guest. According to a statement by former Sports Minister Vijay Goel, PM Modi had plans to promote the sports in the country to boost its status as cricket.
According to the rules and code of conduct in the FIFA guidelines, a world cup never has big celebrations before the opening game. FIFA has advised AIFF to focus on the game and the opening match where India will play the USA. This is the first time the Indian Football team will play a match in any format of the FIFA World cup.
The U-17 World Cup will be played at six venues across the country. India will be based in Delhi and have been grouped with the United States, Colombia, and Ghana. The tournament begins on October 6th and the finals will be played in Kolkata on 28th October