Kick Off The Dream

Imphal, Oct 10: Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju has nominated Ex-Footballer and Manipur CM N Biren Singh, Olympic Medalist P. V. Sindhu, and superfit actor Akshay Kumar to join the ‘Kick Off The Dream’ campaign and show support for Indian female footballers participating in FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup for the first time.

Manipur CM join the campaign to support the Indian Women’s team which is participating in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. He shared a video on Twitter and tagged the other 3 to join the chain.

Refurbished seats, new pitches, and world-class facilities — the stage is set for the Fifa U-17 Women’s World Cup at Kalinga Stadium of Bhubaneswar.

The stadium will host five Group A matches, in which four countries — India, the US, Morocco, and Brazil — will be playing each other, and one Group B match between Nigeria and Chile.

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The event will kick off at the venue on Tuesday with an opening ceremony and two matches.

Odisha Sports Secretary Vineel Krishna said the administration had taken up many projects to upgrade and renovate the stadium, including the entire stand, for the tournament, which will go on till October 30.

The multipurpose venue, built in 1978, has facilities for athletics, football, hockey, basketball, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, climbing, and swimming. The stadium has hosted several tournaments and is also the home venue for Odisha FC of the Indian Super League.

The Fifa tournament was supposed to be held in India in 2020 but got postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The hosting rights for the 2022 edition were retained by the country on the basis of a decision of the global federation.

Sixteen teams will fight for the top honours and 32 matches will be played across three venues – Bhubaneswar, Navi Mumbai, and Goa. The final will be played at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.