November 26

ISL’s Vision is to Develop a Vibrant Ecosystem for Football in the Country: Nita Ambani

first_imgNita Ambani, the chairperson of Indian Super League (ISL), shared her vision for India when it came to football and said that it was her dream to see India play at the FIFA World Cup. She was speaking at the Sports Business Summit in London, which is part of Leaders’ Week London 2019 event.Ambani shared with the gathering that seeing her son watch football matches waking up in the middle of the night made her realise the amount of interest and love the younger generation had for the ‘beautiful game’ and that is what made her feel that football had “a big opportunity in India”. “This motivated me to watch the Indian Super League for football in 2014. I’m pleased to share that in just 5 years, ISL has emerged as the third most watched league in India. ISL viewership for 2018-19 on TV alone was 168 million and digital viewership was over 12 million,” Ambani, who is also the founder and chairperson of Reliance Foundation, said.Reliance Foundation’s ISL started in 2014 with eight franchises based in Kolkata, Chennai, Kerala, Goa, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and the whole of NorthEast. Over the last five years of existence, the ISL has grown in stature. It was expanded to ten teams in the 2017-18 with Bengaluru FC, a former I-League club, and Jamshedout FC coming into the fold.From this season onwards, Delhi Dynamos and FC Pune City have been disbanded and Odisha FC and Hyderabad FC have been added as the league remains a 10-team affair. The league is all set to start from October 20.She attributed ISL’s advent to the success of the Indian national football team saying after 2014, India’s “FIFA ranking has shot up from 173 to 96.””It is now my dream to see India perform at the pinnacle of global football and qualify for the FIFA World Cup. This calls for the development of a vibrant ecosystem in the country – that is the vision of ISL.”Our grassroots programme in football has so far reached out to over 1.5 million children. Our youth sports programme for schools and colleges has reached out to 9 million children. The Reliance Foundation junior NBA program has reached out to 11 million children. Overall across all sports, Reliance Foundation has reached out to over 21.5 million children across the country. 10 years ago, it would have been unthinkable for Indian family to see football as a viable career option for their children. ISL has truly been a game changer for thousands of young Indian footballers,” Ambani added.Nita Ambani went on to announce two pilot project that the Reliance Foundation would take up under the aegis of ISL this year, starting November.”The children’s league, which is expected to reach out to over 40,00 children under the age of 12 in the next 3 years and the U-17 women’s football tournament – the first-ever women’s tournament – to scout for talent for India’s football team and this team will go on to represent India in the U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be hosted in India in 2020,” Ambani announced.Disclaimer: Reliance Industries Ltd. is the sole beneficiary of Independent Media Trust which controls Network18 Media & Investments Ltd. Related StoriesNita Ambani Addresses Sports Business Summit in London, Highlights Rise of Sports in IndiaIndian Women Are Breaking Glass Ceiling in More and More Areas of Human Endeavour: Nita Ambani Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. footballindian footballindian super leagueisl First Published: October 8, 2019, 10:26 PM ISTlast_img read more

November 26

SPORT-BAD-LD IND 2 LAST

first_imgIt was, however, it was a wash out for Indias womens It was, however, it was a wash out for Indias womens team as they lost 0-5 to Japan in the evening session. Notably, Indias star shuttler Saina Nehwal is not part of the team owing to an injury. In the tie between PV Sindhu and Japans Nozomi Okuhara, the Indian shuttler lost to her Japanese rival, who is ranked world number 8. Sindhu, ranked number 12, began on a confindent note and won the first game 21-18, but lost the plot subsequently. The agile Okuhara came up with a delectable show and made matters difficult for Sindhu. Okuhara went on to gain a firm grip as the match progressed and she eventually pulled off a 18-21, 21-12, 21-12 win. Indias PC Thulasi, who is currently ranked 111, lost to her competitive rival Sayaka Sato 22-24, 14-21. Ruthvika Shivani Gadde, the current national champion, went down fighting Japans Yui Hashimoto, ranked 16, in the third singles. Hashimoto defeated Ruthvika 23-25, 21-14, 21-14. In the first doubles, Japans Misaki Matsumoto-Ayaka Takahashi trounced Indias famed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa 21-12, 21-18. In the second doubles, Japans Shizuka Matsuo-Mami Naito defeated Indias Sikki Reddy-PV Sindhu 18-21, 21-11 and 21-16. PTI SJR BS BSlast_img read more