FIFA President Infantino gifts PM Narendra Modi custom-made G20 football jersey

first_imgFIFA President Gianni Infantino had missed meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the opening ceremony of the FIFA U-17 World Cup held in India last year.But this time, Infantino made sure to meet Modi as they crossed paths during the 2018 G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.And Infantino even made sure to get a gift for Modi, who had spoken about football and Argentina while addressing the ‘Yoga for Peace’ event on November 27.Infantino gifted the Indian Prime Minister a custom-made G20 football jersey, Modi thanked him by posting a picture on Twitter and wrote a special message as well.”Impossible to come to Argentina and not think about football. Argentinian players are tremendously popular in India.”Today, received this jersey from @FIFAcom President Gianni Infantino. I thank him for the kind gesture,” PM Modi wrote on Twitter.Impossible to come to Argentina and not think about football. Argentinian players are tremendously popular in India.Today, received this jersey from @FIFAcom President Gianni Infantino. I thank him for the kind gesture. pic.twitter.com/6IszG7fyFCNarendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 1, 2018Modi had spoken about football and how it has impacted India during his speech at the Yoga for Peace event.”If Argentina is interested in India’s philosophy, art, music and dance, there are millions of fans of the Argentine football stars in India. Maradona’s name is used as a proverb in India,” he had said.Infantino on Saturday became the first FIFA President who got to address the leaders of the world’s major economies at the G20 summit. Infantino’s speech was mainly focused on the game as a force for good that unites the world.advertisement”There are at least five areas where football can convey a message of hope and be used as a powerful tool: economic growth, which includes infrastructural development, education, health, gender equality and integration, particularly for immigrants and refugees,” Infantino said.For the first time, a FIFA President addressed the leaders of the world’s major economies in the G20 forum. Infantino’s speech in Buenos Aires today focused on the game as a force for good that unites the world. More on https://t.co/sool5M7508 https://t.co/u39iPANVhl pic.twitter.com/llPYzQopcFFIFA Media (@fifamedia) December 1, 2018India meanwhile, will host the G20 summit in 2022, a year when the country will also complete 75 years of independence.Speaking at the ongoing summit, PM Modi on Saturday said that he had requested Italy if it can host the summit in 2021 and allow India to host the G20 countries for their annual summit in 2022.”It’s India’s 75th Independence Day in 2022 and we had requested Italy if we can get 2022 instead of 2021 (for hosting G-20 summit). They accepted our request, others accepted it too,” Modi was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.The PM said he is grateful to the G-20 members. “I invite leadership from across the world to come to India in 2022,” he said.Also Read | Cameroon stripped of 2019 African Nations Cup hosting rightsAlso Read | Players in breakaway European Super League risk World Cup ban, says FIFA presidentAlso Read | India will host G20 summit in 2022, says PM Narendra Modilast_img

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