Blatter assures assistance for women empowerment


Fifa President Joseph Sepp Blatter spoke at length on the need to empower women in his farewell address to reporters at the All Nepal Football Association Complex at Satdobato in Kathmandu on Friday.

The global football supremo was pleased to see football as a medium to fight for the cause. ‘Our Goal; Stop Violence against Women’, the AFC Championship social initiative campaign that was jointly brought forward by the AFC, Anfa and local non-governmental organisation, Saathi, received a major boost, with Blatter assuring further help for the cause.

“Something is wrong in this world. It is a shame that we are fighting to end violence against women. It is a woman who brought us in this world and whenever we think of doing any violence against women, we have to think about our own mother in order to stop the crime,” said Blatter, assuring more investment in the development of women’s football in Nepal. “I would like to congratulate the Anfa, AFC and Saathi for working for wonderful cause.”

The Anfa Academy at Satdobato also received assurance from the Fifa for the renovation of the whole academy, but remained secretive on the sort of help the global football body would provide. Earlier in the day, he had inaugurated the Fifa goal project worth $400,000, where a demonstration of grassroot football was presented by the children belonging to various children shelters and football academies. At the same event, Saathi President Bandana Rana briefed him about the campaign, ‘Our Goal; Stop Violence against Women’, and the state of women in Nepal.

The performance of the national team against Palestine in the first half, according to Blatter, was like that of a much fancied Barcelona, but he was quick to add that they lacked the likes of Messi to score. “They played well and they are in the right path. I see a lot of potential in the youth to improve,” he added.

With the warm hospitality he received in every step he took in his two-day visit to Kathmandu, Blatter described the visit as ‘wonderful’, saying he would consider visiting the country whenever he needed peace of mind. “I am happy to be in land of the birth place of Buddha and I also belong to the mountains,” he was quoted as saying by an Anfa official.

Speaking a little off the track, Blatter asked the European Council not to interfere in football affairs against the council’s request for probe in Fifa election of 2011. The council had alleged that the supremo had misused his power during his term.

“We are strong enough to handle things on our own at Fifa. We don’t want political interference in our organisation,” he said.

Posted on: 2012-03-10 09:15