Ahmedabad: The Ahmedabad City leg of Reliance Foundation Youth Sports school and college football championship was launched here on Friday, with the foundation chairperson Mrs Nita Ambani wishing the Indian team for the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be held in India.
“These are wonderful times for Indian football,” said Mrs Ambani. “We have recently seen the Indian national team break into the Top 100 in world rankings after a gap of two decades. And now for the first time in the history of Indian football, India is not just participating in a FIFA World Cup competition but also hosting a full-fledged world football event.
“I am sure our boys are proud of what they are about to achieve and so are we for them, as well as for the nation to be represented in the World Cup,” she added.
Mrs Ambani, who is steadfastly working towards making Indian football a major force with the Indian Super League initiative along with her football grassroots academy Reliance Foundation Young Champs, believed that the RFYS tournament will propel the growth of the beautiful game deep into the Indian heartland and will lay the foundation for tomorrow’s champions.
“We have over 60,000 kids playing this beautiful game in 30 centres across the country right now. By December this year, we would have reached out to over 6 million children through our football initiatives. It’s heartening to see so much wonderful talent at our disposal. I am sure the day is not far when we can start competing as equals with top teams in Asia and the world,” she said.
Mrs Ambani, a proud International Olympic Committee member and the recipient of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar 2017, took the opportunity to commit the Reliance Foundation to transform India into a multi-sports nation in the not too distant future. The goal is to build a grassroots sports eco-system in the country that will not only encourage youth to take up sport but will also provide every child a platform to nurture his or her talent.
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