Torreon was officially unveiled as a venue for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011 last week. The Local Organising Committee (LOC) President Justino Compean and LOC member Decio de María were both present at the ceremony, which also boasted Jorge Torres Lopez, governor of the territory of Coahuila and Eduardo Olmos, the City’s Mayor.
The Ceremony began with a video highlighting all the venues which will be used for the competition, immediately followed by a speech from Alejandro Irarragorri, president of the LOC for the venue of Torreon. “We are brimming with pride to be able to host this event,” he said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to use football to show what Mexico and Torreon are all about. We have no doubt; we'll be a great venue. We hope that all the visitors who come will feel right at home," he added.
Mr. Compean added: "It has been more than two years since we began our efforts to bring the U-17 World Cup to Mexico, and it was a tough fight to get it. We are grateful to all the people who helped to make it happen, for working as a team and helping Torreon to show what they and Mexico can do.”
As the event wound down, Alberto Canedo explained the schedule of activities that have been planned before the tournament’s opening match, including the Official Trophy tour through the different venues, availability of tickets and particulars about the Official Draw. Governor of Coahuila, Jorge Torres Lopez, said that Torreon will face a big challenge. “We are committed to the job and proud of the work we have already done,” he said.
Mexico 2011 will be the 14th FIFA U-17 World Cup, and will kick off on 18 June and run to 10 July. A number of team’s have already booked qualification for the event alongside the hosts, who qualify automatically. Asia will be represented by North Korea, Uzbekistan, Japan and Australia while New Zealand will fly the flag for Oceania and Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Congo and Rwanda come from Africa.