1. Arunachal Pradesh is preparing to welcome FIFA President Gianni Infantino during the 2024 Santosh Trophy finals.
2. The prestigious football tournament is scheduled to be held in the state from February to March.
3. The grand welcome signifies the global significance of the Santosh Trophy’s final round in Arunachal Pradesh.

Itanagar, Nov 10: Arunachal Pradesh is gearing up to extend a grand welcome to FIFA President Gianni Infantino during the final round of the esteemed Santosh Trophy, slated to take place in the state from February to March 2024.

The anticipation is palpable as Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu took to Twitter to express his excitement, stating, “Arunachal Pradesh is all excited to welcome FIFA President Gianni Infantino during the final round of Santosh Trophy scheduled to be held in Feb-March 2024 in the state.”

Acknowledging the efforts of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Kalyan Chaubey, President of AIFF and Joint Secretary of the Indian Olympic Association, Chief Minister Pema Khandu conveyed gratitude for their collective endeavors in turning the dream of hosting such a prestigious event into a reality.

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The Santosh Trophy, a revered football tournament in India, will witness top teams from across the nation vying for glory. The inclusion of FIFA President Gianni Infantino adds a layer of global significance to the event, elevating its stature in the world of football.

Gianni Infantino, a distinguished figure in international football governance, hails from Switzerland. His career trajectory reflects competence, professionalism, and ambition in serving international sports governing bodies. Prior to assuming the role of FIFA President, Infantino held the position of general secretary at the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

Infantino’s ascent to the helm of FIFA was marked by unique circumstances. Initially a substitute candidate for the FIFA presidency, he stepped in following the suspension of Michel Platini, the former UEFA president and football legend. Platini, once a frontrunner to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, faced a devastating ban from all football activities, leading to Infantino’s unexpected but impactful leadership role within the global football community.