Thiruvananthapuram: As part of promoting the upcoming U-17 World Cup matches to be held in Kochi next month, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the event 'one million goals' by kicking a football into the goal here on Wednesday.

The state-level inauguration was done by Pinarayi Vijayan at 3 p.m. and soon this event got going across the length and breadth of the state, including 941 local bodies, 87 municipalities, six corporations, and more than 7,000 educational institutions and clubs.

The programme ended by sunset and by then a record one million goals were scored by celebrities and the common man.

Every person was allowed to take only one shot.

one million goals campaing kicked off
Photo: G Binulal

After Pinarayi Vijayan took the kick, leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala, cabinet colleagues of the Chief Minister and several legislators all took spot kicks in an attempt to score.

Kochi will host six league matches, one pre-quarterfinal and one quarter-final during the U-17 World Cup. The response to the event has been good with tickets for the first Group D fixture to be held in Kochi on October 7 being sold out.