FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 will be played in six Indian cities: Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa, Kochi, and Guwahati, from October 6-28, 2017.
There were reports that at some venues the preparations were not upto the mark. An Indian sports minister Vijay Goel, recently visited Kochi, Kerala. He expressed his disappointment at the pace at which the preparations were going on.
Therefore, he had a meeting with all the concerned officers and directed that no more extension of time for completion of works may be sought and all facilities should be ready by May 15, 2017.
Goel also held a meeting with the Chief Minister, Kerala and Minister of Sports, Government of Kerala. He urged them to review the work at their level, to ensure timely completion of pending work.
The minister will also visit Kolkata on May 5. During the visit, he is likely to visit the competition, as well as practice venues of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
He will also hold meetings with senior football players, Chief Minister of West Bengal, Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of West Bengal, with a view to seek their cooperation in popularizing football and make FIFA Under-17 World Cup, a success.