Security officers rest outside Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, one of the venues for the FIFA U-17 World Cup football, in Gauhati, India, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/ Anupam Nath)
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India has given away 27,000 tickets to the opening games of the FIFA U-17 World Cup to fill empty stands, an official said Friday, in a desperate bid to avoid an embarrassing repeat of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.The event, which runs until Oct. 28, has been dogged by bad news, with Greenpeace issuing a report Wednesday that said the poor quality of air in India's pollution-clogged cities poses a "serious health risk" to players and spectators during the tournament.The event is among India's highest-profile global tournaments after the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010 which were meant to showcase the country's status as an emerging power but instead left memories of shoddy venues, empty stadiums and massive budget overruns.
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