Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju commits to providing AIFF with funds to scout young talents for Indian football

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said that his ministry was committed to helping Indian football grow while commending the rise of the Indian women's team

Press Trust of India July 18, 2019 17:57:21 IST
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju commits to providing AIFF with funds to scout young talents for Indian football
  • Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said that it was important that India perform well in football as it is the biggest sport in terms of global reach and audience

  • The Sports Minister was also buoyed by the rise of the Indian women's football team which recently rose to 57 in the FIFA rankings

  • The Sports Minister committed to providing funds for better training facilities, organisation of events and scouting young talent

Ahmedabad: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has committed to providing "extra financial help" to boost the growth of Indian football, according to the All India Football Federation (AIFF). Rijiju made the statement on the sidelines of the Hero Intercontinental Cup.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju commits to providing AIFF with funds to scout young talents for Indian football

File image of Kiren Rijiju. Image courtesy: PIB

 "We have seen certain improvements in our men's as well as women's football in recent times. From the sports ministry, we will provide extra financial help wherever it's possible to scout, and nurture young talents as well as for the professional training, and other events," Rijiju said in an interview to the AIFF.

The Minister didn't hide his affinity for football and said his ministry will put more attention to better training, coaching and facilities. "The ministry of sports will provide whatever is required for better training, coaching, facilities, and other demands and requirements placed by the AIFF. We'll always be there," Rijiju said.

"I'm very enthusiastic about supporting any kind of sport in India, and football is very special for me," he added. He also praised the senior Indian women's team for its recent rise in the FIFA rankings which were released on 12 July.

"I must compliment the women's team for rising to 57 in the FIFA rankings recently. That's a huge jump. I'm very confident that the standard of the women's team will rise further," Rijiju said.

"Football is the biggest game in terms of popularity, reach, size. We also have to put a lot of effort to improve our football. Be it a village or a city, football is a game which can be played anywhere. I'm very hopeful that the standard of Indian football will rise in the years to come."

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