Panaji, May 16, 2017 .. The first meeting of Steering committee of FIFA under 17 World Cup India, 2017 (Goa) was held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Shri Dharmendra Sharma at Seminar Hall, Secretariat today.
The meeting was also attended by Shri B. R. Singh, Secretary Sports, Shri Srinivas Dhempo, Tournament Director, Shri Xavier Xeppi, Tournament Director, FIFA, Ms. Roma Khanna, Venue Director, FIFA, Shri V. M. Prabhudesai, Director Sports and Youth Affairs, Heads of Departments and senior Government Officials.
The meeting deliberated on the role and responsibilities of the line Departments in holding the FIFA under 17 World Cup India, 2017 in Goa. The meeting took note of the AFC under 16 Championship held in Goa wherein it received poor crowd response in spite of the state having a lot of football lovers. It is therefore proposed to formulate a joint action plan by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) to engage more spectators at the Stadium for the tournament including intensive state-wide campaign from August 2017.
The meeting also held the discussion on the formulation of Crisis Management Cell to deal with any misinformation. Besides the Committee deliberated on making required infrastructure in and around the Stadium, systematic disposal of waste, Fire and Emergency services, Security measures, volunteers for the programmes in Goa among others.