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Let’s play!

By on September 20, 2017
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Let’s play!

It is an honour for Goa to be chosen as one of the host cities for this once-in-a-lifetime event, the FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be held from October 6 to 28. This event is undoubtedly the biggest international sports event to be held in the state, despite India’s low ranking in football worldwide. VIVA GOA asks a few of football enthusiasts about their opinions on India as event host.

Padmashri WENDELL RODRICKS
Eminent Fashion Designer & Author
What are your views on FIFA hosting its Under-17 World Cup in India despite our low ranking in world football? 
I am happy to promote and endorse any event in Goa as long as it benefits the state, the Goan people and does not damage the environment. By environment I mean at all levels from sound disturbance to turtle nesting. As responsible citizens, we must choose carefully the celebration of Goa as a Golden State and the destruction of Goa as a Disgraced State.

Dr Rufino Monteiro
Chairman of Goa Football Development Council
What are your views on FIFA hosting its Under-17 World Cup in India despite our low ranking in world football?
India is a sleeping  giant in football. This Under-17 World Cup will go a long way in waking up the football passion and talent among Indians. Though India is a cricket country, the football following in our nation is tremendous. Add to it the fact that India has the largest young population and a high number of them also play the game even on sub-standard fields. The FIFA Under-17 World Cup will be a big win-win situation for the game in India. Kudos to FIFA’s great vision!


Read the full article in 'Viva Goa' magazine copy.
Viva Goa magazine is now on stands. Available at all major book stalls and supermarkets in Goa.



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