A PROUD SOURAV GANGULY SAYS ISL “SHOULD INSPIRE MANY OTHER SPORTS IN INDIA TO KICK-START THEIR CALENDARS”

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Cricket has been one of the first sports in India to get over the COVID-19 fever and muster up the courage to start afresh. And there’s no denying the fact that the risk has paid off. Sourav Ganguly, the President of BCCI also thinks the same. Ganguly has given a message after the successful conduction of the Indian Super League. The [resident said that this success should be an inspiration to other sports. It’s high time other sports too, start their calendars.

INDIA PROVES ITSELF YET AGAIN

It was the 7th season of the Indian Super League which concluded recently in Margao, Goa. The season was a hit and was concluded with proper safety measures. Ganguly said that the ISL had shown to the world that India is perfectly capable of hosting long format sports events. India could do it in normal times and can show the same courage even in the most “challenging times”. According to Ganguly, this event should inspire other sports in India to “kick-start their full calendar.”

Indian Super League has been concluded without any interruption which is “a new benchmark for the Indian sports industry” as per the BCCI President and he is absolutely right.

Football Sports Development Limited, the organizers of the Indian Super League have been extremely cautious to make this event a success. They ensured stringent safety measures and health protocols. It was the first major live sports event in India amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the organizers understood that they could not take any chance.

“A JOB WELL-DONE”

They had set up 18 bio-bubbles to deliver uninterrupted football action. FSDL had accommodated 14 hotels to house 1600 players and maintained the same strict protocols across all their venues, conducting 70,000 RT-PCR tests. It cost FSDL approximately 17 crores to maintain such high standards of safety but we all can agree that it was money well-spent and “a job well-done”.

“IT WAS A MAMMOTH TASK”

Ganguly praised the organizers for their foresighted attitude and said that it was a huge task and the organizers had shown courage undertaking this task, “considering the uncertainties surrounding initially”. BCCI President also stated that it was “a job well done”.

Nita Ambani, the chairperson of FSDL had said while initiating this event that it had taken “a lot of courage, determination and, planning” to bring back huge sports events during the time of the pandemic.

MUMBAI WON THE TROPHY

The 11 teams which had participated in the event recorded 298 goals and scored 115 games. Mumbai came out victorious in the league, winning the League Winners Shield and ISL Champions Trophy.

Sources also say the FSDL invested 20 crores on creating infrastructure at eight training pitches. Three playing grounds were refurbished for the event which includes Fatorda Stadium, GMC Stadium Bambolim and, Tilak Maidan in Goa to organize this successful league.

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