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Girl from Mohali to represent India in a FIFA global summit

Girl from Mohali to represent India in a FIFA global summit. Photo: Aiff
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The ‘Football For Friends'(F4F) initiative by FIFA has gained appreciations from all corners of the globe for its uniqueness and the message it delivers. With plenty of plaudits and hopes, the fifth season of the initiative is going to take place in Russia from 26th June to 3rd July.

This is a joint project sponsored by FIFA’s official sponsors Gazprom and organized by the elite body of global football. Young boys and girls are elected from the huge number of applications piling up from different countries. Mainly children of 12-14 years of age are considered for this project.

The motto of F4F International Children’s Social Project is to promote youth football and developing respect towards different nations and ethnicities. The project aims at highlighting friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions and honour. In a nutshell, this is a milestone initiative in globalising the game.

Last year children from 32 countries joined the summit but this time it is doubled. Representatives from 64 nations will arrive at Russia for attending this week-long conclave.

In previous seasons, football matches were played in between teams carrying name of the clubs of different countries. But this time the 64 participants will be distributed in 8 teams and a 8-a-side tournament will be played between the teams made up of multiple nationalities(including physically disables).

They will take part in different functions and will also attend the Confederation Cup Final at St. Petersburg as junior journalists. The group will get the exposure of media centre and other curriculum besides covering the games like senior correspondents.

Countries like Mexico, USA, India will be having their representation for the first time in this global summit which will spread the initiative across all continents.

A 13 year old girl from Mohali-Ananya Kamboj will be representing the hosts of the FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 in this global summit. Ananya is a eighth standard student from Vivek High School at Mohali.

Kamboj was selected for this initiative via the Mission XI Programme run by Govt of India, AIFF and FIFA in collaboration for spreading the game in grassroot level of the land before the U17 World Cup. Participants from 20 cities featured in the contest from which the Mohali lass was selected. She came across about this initiative via social media and wrote a blog on the role of conversation in developing friendship in football, citing the example of the historic USA V Iran match in ’98 World Cup. The little girl is spirited to represent the nation for the first time in this global project.

Filippe Le Floch, the Chief Commercial Officer of FIFA said,”Gazprom’s initiative will give a voice to children all around the world and we wholeheartedly endorse the goals and the key values of the F4F Project. We are delighted to support the initiatives of the F4F Organizing Committee untill the 2018 World Cup.”