MukeshAmbaniTo Bring Football to the Fore In India

MukeshAmbani, Chairman, and CEO of RIL (Reliance Industries Limited) has been keen on tapping the football potential in the country and hasintroduced several measures to accomplish the same.IMG – Reliancerecently formulated Vision 2026, a roadmap to guide its voyage to be a champion in the 2026 world cup. It has also announced free donation of its township to create a national football academy in Vadodara that will be at par with the international standards. IMG- Reliance is the commercial and marketing partner of AIFF (All India Football Federation). RIL opines that the academy will be benefited with the township already having four to five football grounds there. It also intends to enhance the standards of the Indian football stadium to an extent that it will be capable of hosting international events. For the same, RIL deems to work from the grass root level.

All these initiatives and efforts already seem to be paid with the FIFA secretary –general visiting India to meet MukeshAmbani and PavanMunjal. It will be a four-day visit starting on Wednesday for Valcke and Thierry Regenass, FIFA Director of Member Associations and Development. They will also meet Indian Sports Minister, Ajay Maken with the objective of procuring support from India for the U-17 World Cup. FIFA in charge has also given a go ahead for India hosting the U-17 World Cup in 2017.

Considering the fact that MukeshAmbani and PavanMunjal are passionate about encouraging sports in India and have financially contributed a lot to the same, FIFA officials may want to meet them to gain their support for future projects.Valcke will assess the ‘Win in India with India’ initiative that has already set the ground for building a technical center in Mumbai and eight turf pitches in Mumbai, Shillong, Imphal, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune and Goa with the World Football Governing Authority infusing $8 million for this construction. This visit will mark 50 years since India won its second and last gold medal, until date in the Asian Games Football Tournamentand75th year of AIFF’s foundation.

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