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Mission XI Million Football Festival held in Aizawl

IANS logoIANS 27-06-2017

"It is an honour for me to come and attend another Mission XI Million Festival. Carrying forward the PM's vision to make football the sport of choice in our country, the legacy programme run by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has already reached 8000 schools and over 5 million children," Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel said.

"It was apt that we finally reached the beautiful city of Aizawl, one which has established itself as a sporting hub and is home to some of the best footballing talent in the country. The passion that people from the state of Mizoram have for the beautiful game is enviable and I can assure that we will keep working on bettering the facilities here in the near future," he added.

Children at the festival were seen engaging in a variety of football activities, from playing small-sided games to practicing techniques such as dribbling and close control.

They got a chance to demonstrate their abilities in front of national team players Jeje Lalpekhlua, Shylo Malsawmtluanga and Robert Lalthlamuana.

"We are very happy with the response in Aizawl, with almost 7,500 kids coming to the MXIM Festival. It is an area known because of its passion for football and we are sure that there will be lots of talent identified here," tournament director of the Local Organising Committee Javier Ceppi said.

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