AIFF unveils official mascot for U-17 World Cup

All India Football Federation president Praful Patel (left) and Sports Minister Vijay Goel during the launch of the mascot for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in New Delhi yesterday. pic/PTI 

New Delhi: With just 238 days remaining for the start of the tournament, the official mascot of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, ‘Kheleao’ was unveiled at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here yesterday.

In a glittering ceremony attended by Sports Minister Vijay Goel, the chairman of the Local Organising Committee and AIFF president Praful Patel, the young and charismatic face of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, a clouded leopard called Kheleo, was introduced to hundreds of football fans.

The clouded leopard is an endangered wild cat whose habitat extends from the Himalayan foothills to mainland Southeast Asia.
Patel termed the official mascot as a major component of the overall event brand that will represent the tournament and the host country.

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