New Delhi: The Asian Football Confederation's three-day 'Vision Delhi and Manipur' workshop began in the Capital on Wednesday. The workshop which is a part of the AFC's Vision India pilot project hopes to make the sport more professionally run in the country. So far the AFC seem impressed by what they have seen. Improving standards The project which is the brainchild of AFC General Secretary Peter Velappan was launched in 2004 in the hope that by the year 2010, India could be counted amongst the footballing superpowers in Asia. In addition, the project also envisioned that the number of Indians currently playing football across the board in schools, in the clubs, and in the provinces will increase rapidly. "Everything is a challenge in India, Mr Dasmunsi as the head of the AIFF is trying very hard to put Indian football on a new platform. He has been doing this all by himself in the past but now he has on his side FIFA and AFC and vision India will have full support from all these parties," said Dato Peter Velappan, General Secretary, Asian Football Confederation. Concerns raised The AIFF on their part have accepted the fact that the biggest area of concern for them over the years has been lack of development at the grassroots level. Added to that is the fact that in a city like Delhi, there are just about six football grounds as playing area. While there is no doubt that footballing talent has been overflowing from Manipur, it's Delhi which has been perceived as the problem area. The AFC who had in the past been huge critics of the AIFF, have now given their unstinting support. The hope now is that many in the country too will support the AIFF's effort in making the world's most popular sport popular in India as well.
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