Narendra Modi to skip FIFA World Cup final

Modi, who was invited by the Brazilian President to watch the World Cup final, will not be attending the event.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:June 25, 2014 7:25 pm
Modi is expected to travel to Brazil for a summit of the BRICS countries which will be held between July 15 and 17 in the city of Fortaleza. (Source: PTI) Modi is expected to travel to Brazil for a summit of the BRICS countries which will be held between July 15 and 17 in the city of Fortaleza. (Source: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was invited by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to watch the World Cup football final next month, will not be attending the sporting event.

“I understand that there are no plans for the Prime Minister to be present at the football FIFA final,” the Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs told reporters in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Modi is expected to travel to Brazil for a summit of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries which will be held between July 15 and 17 in the city of Fortaleza. The World Cup final will be held in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.

Given the proximity of the two events, the BRICS leaders were invited by Brazil to the football final.

Rousseff had last week invited Modi to watch the FIFA World Cup final.

Earlier this month, Modi had released commemorative postage stamps on the World Cup football.

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    Dinesh Dutta
    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:49 pm
    Modi loves India and dedicates himself with his hard work for the nation. Anyway our country is not playing in football worldcup, no need to waste time.
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      Girish
      Jun 25, 2014 at 3:47 pm
      not very sporting of him. how will the country generate sport talent if the PM doesn't show interest?
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        Jangmin Sampar
        Jun 26, 2014 at 1:08 am
        Why would PMO India attend the FIFA World Cup'14 when India doesn't even qualified for the bottoms. But please PM NaMo ji do remember there are more than 1000s of Indian youngsters who love FOOTBALL more than CRICKET or HOCKEY.
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          ns ajin
          Jun 26, 2014 at 2:42 pm
          There are other things to promote FIRST.
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            Raviteja
            Jun 26, 2014 at 3:58 am
            He should accept it, this is a chance to promote Football in India.
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              Radhakrishna Das
              Jun 25, 2014 at 3:26 pm
              Wished that he travelled because he understands each and every aspect of a event and would implement the pros in our nation. Further attending the event will give him an opportunity to interact on matters with many leaders which is generally not possible across the table. But there are opportunists who would criticise him for attending the mega event calling it "extraneous" and moreoever modi himself feels that he has got pressing ignments back home!!
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                shubham thakur
                Jun 25, 2014 at 3:06 pm
                really sad....:(
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                  Sanju
                  Jun 25, 2014 at 11:33 pm
                  your first hundred days re very important........focus on what is important.......and head in the right direction and do the right things. Games can wait.
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                    Shrenik Talati
                    Jun 26, 2014 at 2:56 pm
                    he is going there anyway, foot ball game is less important than budget session fire works.
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                      Shrenik Talati
                      Jun 26, 2014 at 2:55 pm
                      not 10 years close to 60 years.
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                        Susdhir
                        Jun 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm
                        Great, please send Manohar Parrikar & his cabinet ministers.
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                          Utkarsh
                          Jun 26, 2014 at 7:23 am
                          He has a lot of work at home. These things are a matter for the HRD minister Mrs. Irani. Not for the PM who has to undo all the 10 years of damage, revive economy and then boost it, apart from restructure national defence and expedite procurement and development plans.He also has a lot of other problems to tackle. Knowing our new PM, he would prefer to set things right unlike Congress who basked in the glory of Vajpayee's hard work.
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