BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, who is the co-owner of Indian Super League (ISL) football team ATK Mohun Bagan has said that the success of ISL and its uninterrupted organization should be an inspiration for other sports to begin their own calendars.
The seventh edition of the Indian Super League was concluded in Margao, Goa on Saturday. Ganguly also lauded the successful conduct of the ISL 7 and termed it as a benchmark in the Indian sports industry.
Successful Completion Of ISL, A New Benchmark For Indian Sports Industry: Sourav Ganguly
The ISL organizers, Football Sports Development Limited, had enforced strict health and safety procedures to conduct the first major live sports event in India amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“The ISL has shown to the world that India can host long format sports events even in the most challenging times. This should inspire many other sports in India now to kick-start their full calendar. The successful completion of Hero Indian Super League in these challenging times is indeed a new benchmark for the Indian sports industry,” said Ganguly.
The season saw FSDL deliver uninterrupted footballing action in Goa by setting up 18 bio-bubbles across 14 hotels, housing 1600 people, and conducting close to 70000 RT-PCR tests. The ISL also invested nearly Rs 17 crores in maintaining the bio-bubbles. The FSDL also invested a lot of money in refurbishing the three playing grounds at Fatorda Stadium, GMC Stadium Bambolim, and Tilak Maidan in Goa to organize the ISL successfully and created infrastructure at eight training pitches for the clubs.
“It was a mammoth task undertaken by the organizers, considering the uncertainties surrounding initially. Must say, a job well done when you look back at the last 6 months.” Ganguly commended the organizers.
The 11-team ISL season 7 recorded 298 goals scored in 115 games (an increase of 20 games from the previous season) with Mumbai City FC winning both the League Winners Shield and ISL Champions trophy.
The next major sporting event that India will see will be the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League, which will be played from April 9- May 30. The IPL 2021 will be played across six cities- Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata.