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FIFA U-17 World Cup: Local committee blames SAI after water crisis at Delhi venue

After failing to provide basic necessities to the spectators of India vs USA FIFA U-17 World Cup encounter, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) has blamed the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for the mismanagement at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.

fifa u17 world cup 2017 Updated: Oct 07, 2017 23:53 IST
The local organising committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup has blamed the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for mismanagement during India’s opening match vs USA in the capital.
The local organising committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup has blamed the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for mismanagement during India’s opening match vs USA in the capital. (HT Photo/ Sayan Ghosh )

The local organising committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Saturday blamed the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for the water crisis during India’s opening match of the tournament in the capital.

India played their maiden World Cup game, against USA, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium last night.

“We know that there were issues with the distribution of water for the first match day of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 in New Delhi. There was a provision made by the stadium, as providing drinking water is the responsibility of the facility owner, but there was a lapse on the distribution,” the LOC said in a statement.

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The LOC said they will make adequate arrangement for providing water after more than 25000 schoolchildren suffered in the absence of water during the match.

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It added, “We will be working as hard as possible with all facility owners to ensure that drinking water is readily available for all spectators from here on.”

The thirsty children, after braving the heat for hours and cheering their team for the entire first half, were forced to fight for as basic an amenity as water.