Nita Ambani is Revolutionizing Football in India through ISL

Nita Ambani is a humanitarian and philanthropist who has been working for the betterment of the Indians since at least 2010. While the not for profit organization Reliance Foundation focuses on a variety of sectors including rural development and disaster relief, some of the focus has recently shifted to sports development in India. Her efforts have always helped the country find a mention in international sports circles, which was reiterated again recently as the total number of clubs participating in Indian Super League (ISL) grew from eight to ten.

Nita Ambani at an ISL event
Nita Ambani at the inauguration of ISL in 2014

ISL is a Modern Renaissance: Nita Ambani

As Founder and Chairperson of Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), Mrs. Ambani has tremendously improved the feeble condition of sports in India at the grassroots level. Not only has ISL been a grand success, but this shift shows that it has also revolutionized the sport in India. Talking about the progress, she commented, “It is going to be an exciting new journey, a longer season, kicking off this November. Both in terms of number of matches moving up from 61 to 95 and the duration from two and a half months to five months. The longer season will ensure sufficient rest for players between the matches and will help in the quality of play getting better.”

Nita Ambani at ISL 2017
Nita Ambani with Sunil Chhetri and other Indian football players at an ISL event ahead of the league’s commencement in November 2017.

Nita Ambani also added that she hopes that India Inc. now starts showing interest in ISL, the same way they have received and improved the appeal of Indian Premier League (IPL) over the years. Reminiscing the huge success of the tenth-anniversary edition of IPL, Mrs. Ambani further said that she hopes that the whole country comes forward to appreciate the ongoing development and see it as a renaissance in the field. Every young footballer has dreamed of playing for a football league, and finally, it is becoming a reality.

Two New Football Clubs Join ISL

The two new teams will be Jamshedpur FC and Bengaluru FC, who both will be joining the upcoming edition of ISL in November 2017. Hero Moto Corp, the lead sponsor of the league, has also extended its contract for the next three years, giving us all hope that ISL is going to be a blast in the coming years. “We are delighted to have both these groups join Hero ISL and I am sure this partnership and support will further strengthen our league,” said Nita Ambani in the event of the two teams officially joining ISL.

Reiterating that it would not have been possible for ISL become world-class without the support from ISL football clubs, she congratulated each and every team and players for their valuable contributions. The buzz has already swayed across the nation as football is gaining traction as a professional sport that can be turned into a profession.

Soon, with support from all these ambitious initiatives, we will be seeing football as a sport that overtakes cricket to be the sport the country obsesses with. Nita Ambani’s appointment as an Olympics committee member makes us more jubilant of the idea of Indian national football team finally representing the country in World Cup.

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