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Justice Mudgal elected as Chairman of FIFA Governance Committee

Retired judge of Delhi High Court Justice Mukul Mudgal has been elected as the Chairman of FIFA Governance committee at the FIFA’s 67th Congress held in Bahrain’s capital city of Manama.

Justice Mudgal was proposed for the vacant position by the FIFA Council after former chief Miguel Maduro was removed for his role in allegedly blocking Russian World Cup official Vitaly Mutko from retaining his seat on ruling council. Justice Mudgal will have a term of office of four years which would come into effect immediately.

Olli Rehn of Finland has been elected as Justice Mudgal’s deputy. Olli Rehn is the former Vice-President of the European Commission.

Justice Mudgal has served as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court from 2009 to 2011. in May last year, he was appointed as Deputy Chairman of the governance committee during the FIFA Congress in Mexico.

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Oorja-CAPFs Under-19 Football Talent Hunt Tournament-2017

The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) will conduct ‘Oorja’ – CAPFs Under-19 Football Talent Hunt Tournament – 2017, throughout the country from May 1-15, 2017. The tournament will be jointly organized by CAPF under the aegis of All India Police Sports Control Board.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will conduct the tournament in Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and the Union Territories of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.

Bruno Coutinho, an Arjuna Awardee, has been made as the brand ambassador for Oorja -2017 in Goa.

Background

India will be hosting FIFA Under – 19 World Cup in October 2017. At this juncture, Prime Minister has called for encouraging boys and girls to play football and develop both skill and fitness. To encourage the sport, Mission XI Million programme has been launched.

Mission XI Million

Mission XI Million is a grassroots programme designed to encourage children to play football. It is school contact programme aimed at improving the football ecosystem and enlarge the talent pool for the national team. The programme aims to reach out over 37 cities and 12,000 schools across all 29 states. The activities under this initiative will be divided into three phases: seminars for teacher and educators, in-school activities and football festivals, which will be conducted till September, 2017.

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Cristiano Ronaldo named the world’s best player for 2016

Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best player for the year 2016 at the inaugural Best FIFA Football Awards held in Zurich, Switzerland. To win this title he received 34.54% of total votes.

He defeated Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (26.42%), Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann (7.53%) to win the coveted prize.

Other 2016 awardees are
  • Best FIFA Women’s Player: Carli Lloydll (US).
  • Best FIFA Men’s Coach: Claudio Ranieri (Italy).
  • Best FIFA Women’s Coach: Silvia Neid (Germany).
  • FIFA Puskas Award: Mohd Faiz Subri (Malaysia).
  • FIFA Fair Play Award: Atletico Nacional
  • FIFA Award for an Outstanding Career: Falcao (Brazil).
  • FIFA Fan Award: Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool supporters.

About Best FIFA Football Awards

The Best FIFA Football Awards are an association football awards presented annually by the FIFA. They are awared in by FIFA to several individuals across different categories. The selection criteria for the (men’s and women’s) players of the year are: sporting performance, general conduct on and off the pitch from 20 November 2015 to 22 November 2016. The selected will be voted by media representatives, national team coaches, and national team captains.

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