July 31, 2020

Press Release

Leading world voices join Football Delhi to celebrate Sunil Chhetri’s birthday on August 3

New Delhi, 31 July 2020
Some of the leading voices of world football will be, for the first time, on the same page as Football Delhi plans to celebrate its Delhi Football Day and Sunil Chhetri’s 36th birthday, the digital way. August 3 will be a red letter day in the journey of Football Delhi as sports minister Mr Kiren Rijiju will lead a who’s who of world’s top football administrators in a series of panel discussions aimed at uplifting the game’s wellness with a specific aim of restoring Delhi’s pride as a football hotspot.
Asian Football Confederation General Secretary general Dato Windsor John will be among the speakers in the E-summit. Themed “Making Delhi a Vibrant Football City,” the president and general secretary of the All India Football Federation, Mr Praful Patel and Mr Kushal Das, respectively, will also speak on the occasion.
In these times of the COVID pandemic, the E-summit will be a perfect way of saying a big thank you to Sunil Chhetri for having carried the dreams of a billion Indians who have yearned for football glory over the years. Chhetri will also attend the summit and share his views.
The mega list of 35-plus speakers include FIFA’s Ms Sara Booth, who heads the women’s football competition for the world body, Mr Hicham El Amrani, former general secretary of the Confederation of African football and top representatives from European football, including the Bundesliga.
The Summit aims to involve the ain stakeholders for football development. While Mr. Jagdish Mitra, the Chief Strategy Officer of Tech Mahindra, will speak on the impact of IT on football, Neerav Tomar and Tuhin Mishra, who run celebrity management groups in India, will talk on how sponsors are looking at the game.
This list is endless. There will be specialists talking on every aspect of the wonderful game – infrastructure, marketing and sales, processes, media and of course, women’s football. August 3 will be a long day but should be able to highlight all the good work happening around football.
Shaji Prabhakaran, President, Football Delhi said: “For us Delhi Football Day is one of the most important days in our football calendar in Delhi since 2018 and we thought to plan something unique by which we can take football in Delhi to a global audience and thus E-Summit was the best option with us during this covid-19 era. We are delighted that a host of personalities and prominent voices from the global sports industry will be joining us to make this day very special for football in Delhi. Sunil Chhetri is joining the summit himself means a great inspiration for us and Mr. Kiren Rijiju Hon’ble Sports Minister delivering a keynote address on the summit theme is very encouraging for football in the Capital City”.
It is our great pleasure to invite you to our E-Summit. The summit will be Live on Facebook and YouTube. We will share with you the link on Sunday afternoon
Enclosed is the complete programme schedule.


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