Next year, India will be the first country to introduce cricket as an ISF WSC sport, and this initiative appears just to be the beginning of a new chapter in the Indians' involvement in school sport.
For instance, they have already bid for several other ISF WSCs like:
2nd Executive Committe 2016 - Wrestling & Combat Games 2017 - Badminton 2018 and Gymnasiade 2020
The responsibles of the coming ISF WSC Cricket 2016 , the School Games Federation of India (SGFI), in association with the Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs, Government of Maharashtra, this force of collaborators seek to host an event of spectacular dimensions.
The past couple of days ISF president, Laurent Petrynka, Secretary General, Jan Coolen, and ISF Marketing Director, Mr. Hector Cabrera, have been visiting the stunning surroundings where the ISF WSC Cricket 2016 will be held.
Mr. Coolen arrived Thursday, October 15, where the Indian hosts had planned a visit to some of the ISF WSC Cricket 2016 facilities including a visit to Hotel Trident, which will accommodate the Heads of Delegation during next year's cricket championship.
Other stops on Thursday's tour counted the Wankhede Stadium along with the Brabourne Stadium, which will provide the scene for the matches.Friday's programme included a visit to the Directorate of Sports & Youth Services Maharashtra Government in Pune City where both Mr. Petrynka and Mr. Coolen visited the Balewadi Sports Complex with Mr. Mote, who is the Deputy Director of Sports & Youth Services Maharashtra State. After having seen the facilities in Pune City followed by a press conference, it was time to return to Mumbai Saturday morning where a visit to the D.Y. Patil Stadium was planned.
During the course of any WSC, it is custom that organisers set aside time for a cultural day. Therefore, to finish off the visit in Mumbai, the Indian hosts had arranged visits to several schools and tourist places that possibly could act as location for this day. No location has yet been set, and a lot of planning still lies ahead of the Indian organisers. However, ISF is confident that the organisers will fulfil any expectations as Mr. Petrynka expressed at Friday's press conference at Balewadi Sports Complex, "We have faith in SGFI and Maharashtra Government in lending the right impetus. We have visited the facilities and infrastructure in Mumbai and Pune where these matches will be conduced. This World Cup could be the harbinger for many more sports on the Indian terrain catapulting the young brigade to global level."
The national platform that will play part in realising this grand event next year and future events comprises senior government officers and state heads including Shri Raja Ram Mane, Commissioner/Director of Sports and Youth Affairs of Maharashtra, Shri Satpal Maharaj, President of SGFI, Shri Rajesh Mishra, General Secretary of SGFI, Shri Balasaheb Landge, Vice President Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Shri Narendra Sopal, JT Director & Treasurer SGFI along with Shri N.B. Mote, Deputy Director of Sports and Youth Affairs of Maharashtra.