Seems like the world leaders are leaving no stone unturned to woo the newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Even as Modi is returning from his first visit abroad, the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has invited the Indian Prime Minister to catch live the final of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2014, in Brazil. The final of the World Cup is to be played at Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.
More than the FIFA final the visit, if it happens, will be a big occasion for the BJP Prime Minister as he will be watching the finals of the World Cup with other prominent world leaders. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Jacob Zuma among others. If the official invite is to be accepted by Modi, it will be his first multi-lateral foreign visit after taking over as Prime Minister of India.
The Final of the World Cup coincides with the BRICS Summit, 2014. BRICS is an international association of five emerging nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The summit is scheduled to commence from 15th July to 17th July at Fortaleza, Brazil.
The Ministry of External Affairs confirmed the invitation but has not yet officially confirmed if Modi will be in Brazil to watch the finals.
On 12th June, Modi had released postal stamps commemorating the FIFA World Cup. Modi tweeted several tweets which proves that his love for sports and that he is a firm believer in developing sports as a mega-activity pan-India.
India is anyway going to host the Under-17 FIFA World Cup in 2017, and Narendra Modi’s visit would only benefit India. Modi who criticised the Congress over mishandling of the Commonwealth Games would sure love to better the performance of previous governments.