Kochi confirmed as U-17 World Cup venue, says Ceppi

FIFA U-17 World Cup Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Javier Ceppi

FIFA U-17 World Cup Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Javier Ceppi

The announcement was made by the Tournament Director of the Organising Committee, Javier Ceppi, after inspecting the work in the stadium and the training sites. "The core infrastructure has been completed and only those which are meant to be completed closer to the tournament are left", Ceppi said, as reported by News 18.

The stadium, which boasts of a capacity of 60,000 people, will, however, accommodate a maximum of 41,748 persons for the tournament considering the safety and security of spectators.

"Over the past seven weeks we've been here visiting eight to nine times as LOC and the amount of work that has been done at the stadium and the training sites is tremendous".

More importantly, the Kochi stadium now meets the required standards of security, "Now we are very sure that with that capacity that this stadium can provide to the spectators' safety and well-being", he said.

Kochi, one of six venues which will host the tournament, had been under the spotlight after Tournament Director Javier Ceppi expressed his displeasure with the preparations at the stadium and even hinted that they had a plan B in case things didn't work out. He also said that the tournament organisers will make sure that the shops surrounding the stadium will be shut ten days before the start of the tournament. I don't know who has said that Kochi was demoted. We never had a scenario in which Kochi was going to be a semifinal or a final venue, because there are many other aspects that need to be taken into consideration.

However, fast-paced work over the last few months have paid dividends after Ceppi expressed his satisfaction with the venue on Thursday.

The Local Organizing Committee of Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup had earlier this month asserted that Kochi was on its way to complete preparation work by May 15.

Kolkata: The football insane fans of Kolkata have once again lived up to their reputation as tickets of FIFA U-17 World Cup matches, to be held at the Salt Lake stadium were "sold out" in less than 12 hours.

Besides the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Ceppi also visited the training grounds - at Parade Ground, Fort Kochi Veli Football Ground, Maharajas College Ground and Government Boys High School Panampilly Nagar.

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