FIFA President Blatter hails role of football in Kyrgyz Republic

FIFA President Blatter concluded a two-day visit to the Kyrgyz Republic on Tuesday, marked by the inauguration of Goal project III – an artificial turf pitch at Bishkek’s technical centre - and a meeting with the Chief of State Almazbek Atambaev.

During his talk with Atambaev, FIFA President Blatter reiterated his commitment to support the development of football in the Kyrgyz Republic, particularly at grassroots level.

Since 2000 three Goal projects have been implemented in Bishkek and a fourth – the national football academy to be built in the southern city of Osh – was approved by FIFA’s Development Committee on 19 March. Further assistance has been channelled through Performance, and additional funds will be granted as part of FIFA’s Programme for Less Privileged Member Associations.

“It’s quite remarkable the extent to which football is bringing progress to the Kyrgyz Republic,” said FIFA President Blatter. “Besides the initiatives that have been implemented so far, the upcoming Goal project that will be located in the southern city of Osh will become a great platform to promote development in a region that has been affected by ethnic tension.

“Once again football is bringing people together. Every Goal project inauguration is a victory for football."

Since 1999 FIFA has supported 668 Goal initiatives in 202 member associations.

The Central Asia journey of the FIFA President will proceed in Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.