Washington: US President Barack Obama singled out US Soccer Federation's (USSF) Indian-American President Sunil Gulati as he welcomed the US women's World Cup-winning champions into the White House.
Abby Forrest (left), a 11-year-old, who wrote a letter to US President Barack Obama (right) on the importance of women's sports, talks during an event to honour the winners of this year’s Women's World Cup at the White House in Washington DC on Tuesday. Pic/AFP
"I want to recognise a lot of people who made these incredibly talented women-put them in a position to be able to showcase their talent so effectively," he said on Tuesday welcoming the team that overcame Japan 5-2 in a thrilling Canada 2015 Final in July.
"First of all, US Soccer President Sunil Gulati. Please give him a big round of applause," said Obama amid applause. He also praised the team's "outstanding coach, Jill Ellis." Allahabad-born Gulati, 56, was unanimously re-elected to a record third four-year term as USSF president in March 2014.
A former president of Kraft Soccer for the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer, he is also a senior lecturer in the economics department of Columbia University.
"These champions deserve all the attention that they've been getting. After 16 long years, too many heartbreaks, they flew north to put America back on top of the soccer world and they did it in style," Obama said.