Indian government has given its consent for All India Football Federation (AIFF) to bid for the FIFA under-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020.
It might be possible that India will once again host another big-ticket football event in the near future. Following a successful hosting of FIFA under-17 men’s world cup in 2017, the Indian football regulatory body AIFF will once again try to bid women’s event by this month.
AIFF has already passed an expression of interest to the international football regulatory body. FIFA directs for those who wants to submit their bidding must be having necessary guarantees from its union government to arrange such an international tournament. Now, AIFF need to submit a ‘no-objection ‘certificate procured from the central government which is further submitted along with the bidding documents besides all other guarantees, once the bid is successful.
Now the irony is that, when the government has shown green signal for the bidding, the government refused to pass a sum 50 crore, demanded by the Indian football federation AIFF for the up-gradation of existing infrastructure.
The AIFF wants a guarantee that the central government release a sum of 50 crore for the up-gradation of infrastructure however, the government has almost different opinion over this. The Government wants AIFF to submit a blue print on the financial factors and under which head , the federation wants to spend the money.
The AIFF is optimistic that once the bid document is successfully submitted, it will be able to convince the ministry to clear the grant.