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PM Modi invited to watch World Cup final in Brazil

Agencies  New Delhi, June 16, 2014
First Published: 17:35 IST(16/6/2014) | Last Updated: 22:25 IST(23/6/2014)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, currently on his first foreign visit to Bhutan, has been invited by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff to watch the final match of the football World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, TV reports said on Monday. The final match will be played on July 13.

There was, however, no confirmation on whether Modi would accept the invitation.

The Prime Minister had on Thursday released commemorative postage stamps on the 2014 Fifa World Cup ahead of the inauguration of the tournament in Brazil.

Modi said the sport brings about a spirit of amity and belongingness among nations of the world. He hoped the World Cup become a bridge for connecting nations together.

He used to occasion to underline the need inculcating the love of sports among children within the country with his slogan "jo khele, wo hi khile" (those who play develop well).

Modi said that India is preparing to host the under-17 Fifa World Cup and also recalled the glorious history of football in India. He also urged the department of posts to develop a website on the history of Indian football.

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