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Mascot Kheleo unveiled for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

Posted on 11 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Kheleo is the mascot for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017. The clouded leopard will serve as a face for the competition from his 10 February unveiling through to this year's Final Match on 28 October.

As noted on, the clouded leopard is a vulnerable wild cat whose habitat extends from the Himalayan foothills to mainland Southeast Asia.

Praful Patel, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, said "presenting Kheleo as the Official Mascot to the world is another big step for our event. As the face of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, he will be going across the country to promote the tournament and to inspire kids and adults alike."

Vijay Goel, India's Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, said "we are sure that he will be one of the most memorable mascots a sporting event in India has ever seen. Kheleo is young, vibrant, enthusiastic and a perfect representation of our country. He will help us to involve kids with football in a fun way.”

Canada are one of 12 nations that will compete in the CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship in Panama from 21 April to 7 May. The top four CONCACAF nations will qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, which runs 6 to 28 October. Only players born 2000 or later will be eligible for the biennial U-17 competitions.

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