"The Government of Goa will be spending 3.4 crores for the opening ceremony and other cultural programmes related to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup," disclosed Sports minister Govind Gaude during a press conference to throw light on the "kick-off ceremony" being organised at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee stadium in Taleigao on October 10 at 3.30 pm.
"Chief Minister Pramod Sawant will inaugurate the ceremony in the presence of Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Kalyan Chaubey and other dignitaries," added Govind Gaude.
The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is scheduled to start in Goa on October 11 with two matches being held every day. The first match is scheduled to start at 4.30 pm whilst the second is timed for 8 pm.
Sixteen matches, including two quarter-finals and two semis, have been earmarked for Goa, and the finals will be held in Navi Mumbai.
"Goa Football Development Council (GFDC) is presently catering to girls from the age of 14 to 16 and also the Regional Coaching Centres (RCC). We are going to start an academy for women's football in South Goa soon," disclosed Gaude when asked why no women from Goa could make it to the India team.
"Khelo India is working on starting a centre for women in Goa and I am sure once that it starts, we will see many girls from Goa in the Indian team in the future," added Gaude." I cannot say why no girls from Goa have made it to the present Indian team as that is the job of the selection committee," asserted Gaude.
"We want that more footballers, especially girls, should come to watch the matches in Goa so that they can be motivated," stated Gaude.