Sunil Gulati, 54, an Indian-origin President of US Soccer Federation (USSF), was recently praised by the US President, Barack Obama, for his significant contribution towards victory of the US women’s soccer team in the final match of the recently concluded Woman football World Cup. “I want to recognize a lot of people who made these incredibly talented women-put them in a position to be able to showcase their talent so effectively,” Mr. Obama expressed welcoming the female soccer team that overcame Japan 5-2 in a thrilling Canada 2015 Final match in July 2015.
Mr. Sunil Gulati has been spearheading the formation of a new professional women's soccer league in the United State, since several years.
The US women’s soccer team was invited to the White House to celebrate the world cup victory in the finals after a hiatus of 16 long years. Mr. Obama welcomed the victorious women’s soccer team and called for applauding Mr. Gulati. “First of all, US Soccer President Sunil Gulati. Please give him a big round of applause,” said Obama amid applause. He also praised Jill Ellis, the coach of the team.
In March 2014, Mr. Gulati was unanimously re-elected to a record third four-year term as USSF president; having been elected initially in 2006 and re-elected again in 2010.
He came to the US along with his family when he was just five years and was born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Mr. Gulati is also a senior lecturer in the economics department of the Columbia University.