Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John was among the ensemble of renowned luminaries to headline the Football Delhi E-Summit on Monday, which coincided with the birthday of Indian football icon and Delhi native Sunil Chhetri.
Focused on the theme “Making Delhi a Vibrant Football City,” the AFC General Secretary was joined by the Honourable Indian Minister of Sports & Youth Affairs Kiren Rijiju, All India Football Federation President and FIFA Council member Praful Patel, Indian skipper Chhetri as well as Football Delhi President Shaji Prabhakaran in the scene-setting session.
In his opening address to participants, Dato’ Windsor hailed the notable progress of Indian football under the guidance of AIFF President Praful Patel while acknowledging the role of the country’s capital Delhi in strengthening its position as a global sports city.
The AFC General Secretary said: “Football, of course, has made incredible progress in India. As the world’s second most populous country, we are beginning to see the game take its place as part of the country’s social fabric.
“The first ever Asian Games in 1951 was staged in Delhi where India won the football gold medal, which then laid the groundwork for their best-ever showing on Asia’s ultimate stage – the AFC Asian Cup – when they finished runners-up in 1964.”
With the attention of world football shifting to the South Asian nation, the AFC General Secretary also acknowledged the importance of nurturing the game at all levels and the strategic importance of India to further strengthen the passion for football in Asia.
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