An eighth standard student from Chandigarh has been selected to represent India as a young journalist at the global Football For Friendship (F4F) social programme in Russia. Ananya Kamboj, from Vivek High School, Mohali, has been selected to represent India. The F4F programme, supported by Gazprom and FIFA, focuses on the development of children’s football, fostering tolerance and respect for different cultures and nationalities among children from different countries. India joins the programme for the first time and will participate alongside 60 other countries. Ananya was shortlisted as the F4F young journalist from India after participating in a contest conducted by F4F supported by Mission XI Million, programme of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 that has a vision of making football the sport of choice among the youth by bringing football to 11 million kids.
The contest saw entries from over 20 cities. Ananya’s winning entry spoke of the role of football in ‘enabling conversations’, which could help soothe tensions and foster engagement between countries and people across the globe. Ananya will join young journalists from around the world in St. Petersburg, Russia in July 2017.