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FIFA president Sepp Blatter is keen on helping India host the U-17 World Cup in 2017 as the football governing body has earmarked around $38 million for the same.

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The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) have extended its support to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) by allocating around $38 million for the organization of the 2017 World Cup.

An AIFF official, who had attended the FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo a few days ahead of the start of the ongoing World Cup, said that president Sepp Blatter is keen to aid India in its efforts to host a successful tournament.

“For the U-17 World Cup in 2017, FIFA officials have told us that they have kept around $38 million for organisational purposes only,” AIFF vice-president Subhas Chopra said.

“Blatter is very committed to helping India stage a successful tournament and we are getting a lot of support form the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) also in this regard,” he added.

India won the bid to host the U-17 World Cup, beating Ireland, South Africa, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan in the process, as announced in the executive committee meeting last December.

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