The stage is set for the mega tournament

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday chaired the first steering committee meeting of FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 in Guwahati.

The FIFA officials expressed their satisfaction over the preparation at the venue.

The meeting took stock of the last-minute preparations for the nine matches that would be played in the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Sarusajai.

The meeting also deliberated on the role and responsibilities of the line departments in holding the World Cup.

The meeting reviewed the fringe facilities like street lighting from Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport to Sarusajai, garbage disposal, beautification works, security arrangement and other amenities for the football lovers.

The FIFA officials, its tournament director Xavier Xeppi and venue director Romma Khanna, expressed their satisfaction over the arrangements made so far for the games.

The meeting also decided to do the needful for the security and public viewing of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

The mega tournament will start on October 6, as Guwahati will play the host for as many as nine matches including quarter and semi finals.

In another meeting, chief minister Sonowal also reviewed the preparations for the AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championship to be held in Guwahati from November 19 this year under the joint auspices of state government and Boxing Federation of India.

The competition will feature 200 nations involving more than 300 pugilists and 150 officials. Sonowal took stock of the security, accommodation, finance and accounts of the competition and assured all government support and assistance in making the tournament a success.

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