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February 10, 2017

Meet Kheleo - The Official Mascot of FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

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Indian sports minister Vijay Goel and All India Football Federation (AIFF) chief Praful Patel today unveiled the mascot "KHELEO" for FIFA under 17 World Cup India 2017. The mascot, a clouded leopard,  was unveiled during the launch of Mission XI Million programme at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Frodau.

The clouded leopard is a vulnerable wild cat whose habitat extends from the Himalayan foothills to mainland Southeast Asia. "Kheleo is young, vibrant, enthusiastic and a perfect representation of our country. He will help us to involve kids with football in a fun way. We are sure that he will be one of the most memorable mascots a sporting event in India has ever seen", Vijay Goel said.

Kheleo will participate in numerous activities across India in the run-up to the first ever FIFA tournament to be hosted by India, which will be played from October 6 to 28, 2017.

The Official Emblem of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India was launched on 27th September 2016. This was designed as a celebration of the country’s richness and diversity of cultures, with the main elements of the Indian Ocean, the banyan tree, the kite and the starburst, which is an interpretation of the Ashoka Chakra, an integral part of the national identity. Shaped like the FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy, the emblem combines the global look of the beautiful game with a quintessentially Indian feel. 

Important Note : The FIFA Under 17 World Cup will be the first international football event of India.

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