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With less than a year left for India to host its first ever FIFA World Cup -- the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, recently the Bank of Baroda has become the first Indian company to sign up as a National Supporter for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, the first FIFA event to be hosted in the subcontinent.

 

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On that the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee and President of the All India Football Federation Praful Patel were pleased and welcomed as the first Indian company that will be associated with the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017,

“We are pleased to welcome Bank of Baroda as the first Indian company that will be associated with the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017. As an organisation that has a long affiliation with football, this company has been an active supporter of the game for many years and shares our enthusiasm to develop and strengthen football in India. As President of the AIFF, I am committed to ensuring that football development in India gets the support it deserves, and I believe that this new partnership with Bank of Baroda is a very concrete step in the right direction to continue the growth that the sport has had in India.”

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And Javier Ceppi, the tournament Director, was not surprised by the keen interest in the National Supporter slots. 

As he stated, “This is a landmark event in Indian sport. As the first ever FIFA tournament to be hosted in India and with India as one of the participating teams, it is a unique opportunity to be partners in making football history in this country. By joining in at this early stage, Bank of Baroda will have the added advantage of ten months of exposure in the build up to the FIFA U?17 World Cup.”

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After signing the agreement, Bank of Baroda has thus claimed the first of six National Supporter slots for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 and the General Manager (Marketing, Corporate Communications & WMS) at Bank of Baroda, Mr Rakesh Kumar Bhatia has stated that they are highly motivated to promote football across the country and to inspire a new generation of youngsters, who are the future of Indian football,

As Mr Rakesh Kumar Bhatia admitted,

“We are highly motivated to promote football across the country and to inspire a new generation of youngsters. Partnering with the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 was a logical choice for us, as there will be no bigger sporting event in the country next year. It is truly an Indian crusade to make sure that this tournament succeeds and engages our complete population. We are sure that our strong banking network across the nation will help to make that happen and we are excited about becoming the first National Supporter for the event,”