Panjim, Sep 28 (IANS) A new logo of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) was unveiled by World football’s governing body FIFA President Gianni Infantino here on Wednesday.

The logo was unveiled in the presence of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, Sports Minister Vijay Goel and AIFF President Praful Patel at a glittering function.

The new logo represents the Tricolour in the form of a rising flame along with a football denoting vibrancy and upward movement of the sport in the country.

The shield on one side of the logo solidifies the entire structure and represents AIFF’s inclusiveness, responsibility and authority towards the game in India.

Patel said in a release the need for AIFF was to “look contemporary to reflect the changes and reforms that Federation has been undertaking over the past few years.”

“The AIFF was formed in 1937 and we are 79 years old. I thought when you get older you got to get younger and look contemporary. Hence, we needed a new younger look,” he added.

Infantino said the name AIFF gives the “feeling of the magnitude of the country”.

“India is no less than a continent where football is developing and where it will become the number one sport. It is already the number one sport for the younger ones,” he said.

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