Atletico de Kolkata An Opportunity to Give Something Back to a Neglected Sport, Says Sourav Ganguly

Former Indian cricket Sourav Ganguly, the co-owner of the Indian Super League franchise Atletico de Kolkata, hoped that his side will start the football chapter of the sport that is regarded very highly in Bengal

updated: July 07, 2014 20:23 IST
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Ganguly says ISL is a chance to give something back to a neglected sport in India

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Former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly is clueless about his 'future' in football, but the co-owner of the ISL franchise Atletico de Kolkata today said it was an opportunity to give something back to the sport. The former left-handed batsman said football was overshadowed by cricket's glamour and by starting up a franchise it was a time to give something back to the sport which occupies the heart of Bengal.

"It's an opportunity for all of us to give something back to the sport. A popular sport which is neglected in India. I won't say 'neglected' but I think which is covered by the razzmatazz of cricket in this country," Ganguly said in his address during the ceremonial launch of Atletico de Kolkata. "We never looked at numbers and the financial figures, it was a straightforward and bold decision. All we wanted was a team from Kolkata.

We really don't know what's the future of this but unless and until we don't begin somewhere we don't know where we will finish. "For me it's a beginning of something special hopefully. Having played football before I picked the cricket bat, I think this sport is in the heart of the city," he said. With chief minister Mamata Banerjee assuring all the support to the new team, Ganguly hoped that they would also emerge champions like what Kolkata Knight Riders did.

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