The grip of Football in Indian sports arena
Football isn’t instantly loveable, especially in a country like India where the game of cricket has got its solid grip over the Indian sports arena. A year ago, Venk’s (Venkateshwara Hatcheries group) acquired the ownership of English Premier League (EPL) club Blackburn Rovers. It feels great to see an Indian company owning a premier football club in foreign soil; that too owning a club in a country like Great Britain (which once ruled India) should obviously bring a lot of pride to India. But one must also have to think about the state of Indian Football. “Cricket stadiums in India never get to see silent spectators – that’s cricket at its best; football stadiums in India never even get to see spectators – that’s football at its worst”. The Indian Football is already enmeshed in a quicksand of depression and hence the present situation can’t be allowed to drag on. The dismal state of the Indian Football should have to be taken care of, ironically if not by the government, then at least by the leading businessmen of India. It’s good to see the Indian business community promoting the ‘beautiful game’ football in foreign lands; but it will be better to see them promoting the same game in India by starting football academies; why not, if it’s good for Indian football? (Given the sorry state of the beautiful game in India) The TATA Group has the Tata Football Academy (Jamshedpur) in its pocket. Hope, the other big business groups in India, will come to the rescue of the ailing Indian Football by grooming potential young talents.