25/09/2014 /….. The LOC of the U17 FIFA World Cup 2017 confirmed the appointment of Mr. Javier Ceppi as Tournament Director and Mr. Joy Bhattacharjya as the Project Director for the Mega Event slated to be held in October 2017 in India.


The appointment process was concluded after an interview panel comprising of Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF; Mr. Windsor John, Deputy General Secretary AFC; Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran, FIFA Development Officer and Mr. Subrata Dutta, AIFF Executive Committee Member, also the Senior Vice President, AIFF; had interviewed the Candidates in late August, 2014 at Football House.


The short listed Candidates were then interviewed by Mr. Praful Patel, President, AIFF before the appointments were finalised.


Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary of AIFF stated: “We are extremely pleased with the appointments as both Javier and Joy bring to the table a great amount of experience and expertise.”


He added: “Javier was involved in the U-17 World Cup in UAE in 2013 and is also a Director of the U-17 World Cup which will be held in Chile in 2015 and comes with a great deal of knowledge on how FIFA U-17 World Cups are conducted.”


“Furthermore, Joy has very good experience of Media activations and is well known for his creativity and knowledge of managing Events and Production in India. We all felt that both of them complement each other perfectly in delivering a World Class Event as well as creating the youth activation for the U-17 FIFA World Cup which is so necessary to change the face of Indian Football.”


The LOC of the U-17 FIFA World Cup 2017 will be based at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi and both Javier and Joy will take up their responsibilities from November 1, 2014 onwards.


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