Visits FIFA Headquarters.
The Union Sports Minister, Dr. M. S. Gill visited the FIFA Headquarters at Zurich last Wednesday and held meeting with officials of the FIFA Development Department.
Mr. Thyerry Regenass, Director of Development at FIFA and Mr. Urs Kluser, Head of Goal Department briefed the Hon. Minister about various FIFA Development projects including the setting up of artificial turf fields in India. Mr. Manilal Fernando FIFA Development officer for South and Central Asia and AFC Vice-President informed the Hon. Minister about the progress of the GOAL II and the Tsunami projects.
Dr. Gill thanked FIFA for their support to India. He also explained to the FIFA officials various Sports Ministry schemes to help sports in India at the village level. Mr. Gill requested FIFA’s support for this program as it will help in the development of Football at the Grassroots level. It was decided that the Sports Ministry and the AIFF will prepare a report and send it to FIFA for their comments.
Dr. Gill was accompanied by Jt. Secretary of Sports Mr. Sailesh and his Personal Secretary, Mr. Dass. Mr David Borja ,Manager Development Division Asia Oceania in FIFA and AIFF General Secretary Mr. Alberto Colaço were also present for the meetings.