- 62-year-old former cricketer has inducted as a part of the board member of the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) here on Monday
- 1983 World Cup winning Captain promised to do his best to attract corporate support for Indian golf and golfers
- Kapil Dev has been an avid golfer since his retirement from international cricket in 1994
New Delhi: The legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev will now be seen in a new role. You must have seen him leading the World Cup winning Indian cricket team… You have seen him taking the wickets of famous batsmen with his out famous swing bowling… You have seen him playing unmatched innings with his aggressive style of batting… Not only that, you must have seen him hitting drives and putts as a golfer. But now the 62-year-old former cricketer has got the new role of golf administrator and will be seen taking his second beloved sport golf to new heights. He has inducted as a part of the board member of the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) here on Monday.
Legendary cricketer Kapil Dev appealed to the mediapersons after being inducted as a PGTI board member, “Please take five percent of the attention you give to cricket and spare it for golf…”
Kapil Dev promised to do his best to attract corporate support for Indian golf and golfers. He said, “Annually, there are more than 500 corporate events in golf across India. If the professional tour can get increased corporate patronage, our home-grown golfers will be able to make a living out of playing domestic events, without looking to play on overseas Tours.” As you know that he has been an avid golfer since his retirement from international cricket in 1994.
“I say, if you are good enough to play the Indian Premier League, then you don’t worry about not becoming an IAS officer. Couple of IPL seasons and your future is secure. That’s what I wish for Indian golfers. There should be enough money for the golf professionals in India so that others get attracted to play here. I know it will take time but with corporate support and media, it is possible,” said Kapil, who captained India to World Cup glory in 1983.
The announcement came as part of the launch of the Rs. 30 lakh-Prometheus School Presents Delhi-NCR Open golf championship at the Golden Greens course in Gurugram from Tuesday. Also present on the occasion was golfer Jeev Milkha Singh who is set to participate on the Senior Tour, across the world, next year.
Golfers will earn Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points as they can improve their chances of qualification for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Rashid Khan, eyeing an Olympic berth, along with Udayan Mane, S. Chikkarangappa, Rahil Gangjee, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Viraj Madappa, Khalin Joshi and Karandeep Kochhar form the creamy layer of the field. The race for qualification for Tokyo Olympics has entered an exciting phase with just over three months remaining before the cut-off date of 21 June.