New Delhi: World football body FIFA`s President Joseph Blatter on Friday paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his 7 Race Course Road residence here.
Blatter presented a memento to the Prime Minister with FIFA symbol engraved on it.
All India Football Federation President Praful Patel was also present on the occasion.
India`s hopes of hosting the under-17 football World Cup in 2017 has received a major boost after Blatter`s meeting with the Prime Minister. If India is able to host the tournament, it would guarantee its participation for the first time in a world-level event.
This is Blatter`s second visit to the country after his visit in 2007.
He (Major Dhyan Chand) is inspiration personified. He became synonymous with hockey. He became the parameter of hockey by which other player's calibre is measured.
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal