The official mascot of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup India 2017 tournament 'Kheleao' was unveiled at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. A clouded leopard called Kheleao was introduced to hundreds of football fans in a ceremony attended by Sports Minister Vijay Goel and All India Football Federation President Praful Patel.
The clouded leopard is an endangered wild cat whose habitat extends from the Himalayan foothills to mainland Southeast Asia. Kheleo will participate in numerous activities in the run-up to the first-ever FIFA tournament to be hosted by India, which will be played from October 6 to 28 this year.
It may be mentioned here that Guwahati was selected as one of the venues to host the FIFA Under-17 World Cup India 2017 matches.