Here’s the letter written to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi from FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

President: FIFA

Shri Narendra Modi

The Honorable Prime Minister of India                                                  

South Block, Raisina Hill New Delhi — 110011 India

Zurich, 3 November 2017

FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

Honorable Prime Minister,

The FIFA delegation has now returned to Zurich with a host of unforgettable memories and having made many warm-hearted new friendships during our stay in Kolkata for the final matches of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 and the FIFA Council Meeting.

Herewith, I would like to congratulate your government on its role in your country’s successful hosting of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 and express my gratitude towards the Local Organising Committee, to your government. and to all those who worked so hard to organise this competition in the host cities of New Dehli, Navi Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati, and Kolkata. They all contributed immensely to a wonderful and memorable event.


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Unfortunately. much to my regret, I was not able to attend the Opening Ceremony of the competition and to meet you in person in New Delhi, due to other prior commitments. I am however convinced we will have the opportunity to meet in the future to exchange ideas about the approaches to developing football in your country, as well as our visions on the important role that football plays in Sneaking down cultural and social barriers, making it a game accessible to everyone.

Herewith, I also would like to praise the remarkable work and efforts of the All India Football Federation to implement new plans for the development of our sport in your countries, such as the Mission XI Million and the construction of the AIFF National Centre of Excellence in Kolkata. I would like to reiterate my thanks for your contribution towards supporting football development and promoting the values of our spot in your country.

I can assure you that our stay in your country has given me fresh determination to provide any assistance from FIFA and the international football community that could be helpful in the realisation of those development projects.

Yours sincerely,

Gianni Infantino