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U-17 World Cup: Why India Will Not Host an Opening Ceremony

The Under-17 World Cup in India will not have a lavish opening ceremony, as was earlier planned by the Indian Govt.

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Will they managed to pull it off or will the FIFA have their way - that was the one big question as far as the All India Football Federation’s plans for the opening ceremony of the Under-17 World Cup were concerned.

As of 5 October 2017, we can confirm that all plans for any lavish opening ceremonies have been cancelled – both in Delhi and Kolkata – with just a short ceremony preceding India’s first fixture of the tournament at 8pm on Friday.

FIFA had from the very start made it clear that the world body was not going to be part of the Indian Government’s plans of a lavish ceremony, saying instead that the funds would be utilised better by being used in the promotion of football in India.

“An opening ceremony is not a usual aspect of the conduct of a Fifa U-17 World Cup, because in these tournaments football is the real star. There was a query by government of India at some point of time to do one but it is not confirmed that it will happen,” said tournament director Javier Ceppi.

However, the opening fixture in New Delhi is still slated to see some power figures in the stands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi confirmed to attend the event.

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