Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Friday expressed happiness over the preparation for the Under-17 FIFA World Cup in October and said that both Kochi and Kolkata venues would be ready by May 30.
Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan's preparation is well on track. The venue hosts the final of the mega event.
"I am quite satisfied with the progress here, though some finishing touches are needed. They will finish everything by 30 May," Goel told a news conference after an inspection of the stadium and training centres at the Sports Authority of India Eastern Centre Complex.
"At SAI Complex, some work related to changing room and floodlights are being done. I have given them instructions to finish work by 30 May."
Goel earlier went to Kochi, where he was disappointed with the progress work but Goel on Friday said they would also finish by the 30 May deadline.
"There has been a lot of delay in work at the Jawaharlal Nehru Athletic Stadium. But they have assured that latest by 30 May, the work will be finished. I will come back again and play a demonstration match when the venue is ready,"
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking a special interest. I want it to be organised in a proper way. We will finish the work by 30 May at any cost. We will coordinate from Delhi," Goel said.
Goel, who will next head to Navi Mumbai and then Guwahati, said they would try to ensure that all stadiums are packed during the tournament as they have plans to engage 15,000 schools.
"In FIFA preparation meetings, our full effort has been to ensure that not a single stadium remains empty. We want to see that the stadiums look small. We will try to ensure that the fever of football is spread across India,"
"It's a great opportunity and a proud moment for India that for the first time India will host the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Through this World Cup, we will touch 15,000 schools and will reach 'Mission 11 Million'."
"We have also distributed footballs to Parliament members to promote the sport in their constituency. I will also have the same message for the chief minister of West Bengal,"
"The good news is our ranking (Fifa) has progressed," Goel added.
Updated Date: May 05, 2017 18:24 PM