Watch: MPs play football outside Parliament to promote U-17 Fifa World Cup 2017

In a bid to raise awareness of the U-17 Fifa World Cup, which will take place in India in October, sports minister Vijay Goel gifted every MP a football on Wednesday morning.


Female MPs play with footballs outside the Parliament

With former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia and All India Football Federation (AIFF) chief Praful Patel in tow, the event was kicked off by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

Many of the Parliamentarians used the opportunity to play with the football outside the Parliament, sometimes with amusing consequences. In various videos which have surfaced over the internet, the MPs can be seen playing with the footballs for the benefit of the assembled hordes of photographers. Obviously, as can be seen in the videos, not everyone is gifted with footballing talent, leading to some hilarious moments. While a few used the football to play catch, another MP was seen dribbling it like a basketball.

Watch Sumitra Mahajan starting the event:

Watch our MPs try their feet, and hands, at football:

However, one man who did enthrall everyone was former India football captain and Arjuna Awardee Prasun Banerjee, who is also a Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha member.

Watch Prasun Banerjee show his skills:

Updated Date: Mar 29, 2017 19:16 PM

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