Kolkata: If things go according to plan, then Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, one of the all time greats of the game, is likely to have a tour of north-east India and Kolkata in the second week of December 2016.
‘North East for Child Rights’, an NGO which works on child rights and protection issues and has an office in Mumbai, have reached out to the World Cup winner and is trying to get him as the chief guest for a couple of youth championships before the Christmas break.
“The tentative plan is that Diego will address the media in Kolkata and then visit both Shillong and Aizawl during 12th and 13th December. In both those places, he will be a guest in the finals of junior football championships. These are very early days of the plan though,” the source informed.
The NGO has also written to the Chief Ministers of the two north-eastern states, seeking their help. They have also opened talks with potential sponsors for the events.
The legend had first visited India in 2008, when thousands thronged the Salt Lake Stadium to see him juggle the ball for a couple of minutes. The fanaticism was similar in Kerala, when he visited the state in October 2012.