2017

  • SMP project work started in 1982 likely to operational by 2017 June 22, 2014

    The Swarnarekha MultiPurpose (SMP) project work which was started in 1982 to irrigate vast stretch of agricultural land in Odisha and Jharkhand and to reduce damage caused by floods in West Bengal and Odisha, will become operational by 2017. "We are expecting the SMP project to be complete by 2016 but...
  • Bhutia, Chhetri in AIFFsuggested committee for U17 World Cup May 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Aiming to beef up the technical knowhow ahead of the 2017 Under17 World Cup, AIFF president Praful Patel on Wednesday suggested the formation of a special committee involving former and current skippers Baichung Bhutia and Sunil Chhetri. In a meeting here, the All India Football Federation's executive committee endorsed...
  • FIFA delegation satisfied with Salt Lake Stadium February 28, 2014

    Kolkata: A FIFA delegation on a visit to inspect venues in connection with the 2017 Under-17 Football World Cup, which India would host, expressed satisfaction with the Salt Lake Stadium. "We are very much satisfied with such a massive stadium .... now we have to sit together to discuss how best...
  • India gets down to preparing for Under17 FIFA World Cup December 15, 2013

    New Delhi: India is gearing itself to host the Under17 FIFA World Cup in 2017, in preparation for which, the country's parent body for football, is giving the push to shortlisted host cities to put infrastructure upgradation on the fast track. Encouraged by the World Cup allotment, the All India Football...
  • Football fraternity feel U17 FIFA WC will change face of game December 6, 2013

    New Delhi: The football fraternity Thursday described FIFA's decision to award India the right to host the 2017 Under17 World Cup as a historic development which may change the face of the game in the country. In a landmark development, India was chosen as the host country for the mega event...
  • India to host the Under17 Football World Cup in 2017 December 5, 2013

    It was a historical moment for Indian sports as FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Thursday announced that India will be hosting the Under17 Football World Cup in 2017. The other countries that were in the contention to host the competition were South Africa, Uzbekistan and Republic of Ireland. As per the bid,...
  • May continue until 2017 worlds, says Usain Bolt September 20, 2013

    London: Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, may continue competing until the 2017 world championships in London, the Jamaican told the BBC on Thursday. The six-times Olympic champion had previously always said he planned to quit after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. "I wanted to retire after Rio but my...
  • 2017 U17 World Cup can boost Indian football: Paul Masefield July 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Former English footballer Paul Masefield said on Thursday that if India manage to win the bid for the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup, it will significantly boost the popularity of the sport in the country. "If India manage to pull off the bid for the U17 World Cup, it...
  • India's 2017 U17 World Cup bid gets support from FIFA VP May 6, 2013

    New Delhi: World football governing body's vicepresident Prince Ali Bin AlHussein on Monday backed India's bid to host the 2017 FIFA Under17 World Cup, saying that the country was crucial for the overall development of the game in the continent. "I support India's bid to host the 2017 FIFA U17 World...
  • Patel to meet Blatter to discuss U17 World Cup bid January 15, 2013

    New Delhi: AIFF president Praful Patel will seek to convince Sepp Blatter about India's ability to host the 2017 Under17 Football World Cup when he meets the FIFA chief in Zurich. The country's chances of hosting the tournament diminished after the FIFA recently failed to give a positive reply...
  • AIFF gets government nod to host U17 WC 2017 September 25, 2012

    New Delhi: Three days ahead of India's formal bid for the Under17 Football World Cup in 2017, the AIFF received a shot in the arm as the central government gave its approval for hosting the prestigious event. The news was conveyed on Monday, to the AIFF in a letter, dated September...
  • 'Hosting U17 WC will change Indian football' September 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Keen to see India as host of the Under17 World Cup in 2017, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has reportedly told Sports Minister Ajay Maken that organising the event will bring about a "big change in Indian football." "The sports minister was very positive and extended full support to...
  • India to capitalize on Blatter visit next month February 16, 2012

    New Delhi: Indian football administrators are eager to use an upcoming visit by FIFA president Sepp Blatter to give an impetus to the sport in the cricketcrazy country. "The FIFA chief will visit India on March 9, giving us an opportunity to showcase the potential of football in our country," All...