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ISL’s success should inspire other sports to start their calendar: Sourav Ganguly

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President of BCCI and co-owner of ATK Mohun Bagan Sourav Ganguly

BCCI President and ATK co-owner Mohun Bagan Sourav Ganguly said the continued behavior of the Indian Super League should inspire other sports to start their calendars.

The ISL-7 ended in Margao, Goa on Saturday.

“ISL has shown the world that India can host long-form sporting events even in the most challenging times. This should inspire many other sports in India to start their full calendar now, “said Ganguli.

The former cricket captain in India expressed his gratitude for the success of the continuous ISL, describing it as “a new benchmark for the Indian sports industry”.

“The successful completion of the Hero Indian Super League in these challenging times is truly a new milestone for the Indian sports industry,” Ganguly said.

The organizers of ISL, Football Sports Development Limited, had introduced strict health and safety protocols to hold the first major live sporting event in India amid the coronavirus pandemic.

During the season, FSDL delivered continuous football action in Goa, creating 18 bio-bubbles in 14 hotels, accommodating 1,600 people and conducting nearly 70,000 RT-PCR tests.

ISL is estimated to have invested nearly 17 rupees in maintaining the bio-bubbles.

Congratulating the organizers, Ganguli said: “It was a mammoth task undertaken by the organizers, given the initial uncertainties. I have to say, a job well done when you look back over the last 6 months.”

As ISL launched on November 20 last year, FSDL President Nita Ambani had said, “It took a lot of courage, determination and planning to bring football back into our lives in these pandemic times.”

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’ trophy and the ISL champion

FSDL has also invested approximately 20 rupees in rent and created the infrastructure of eight training grounds for clubs and upgraded the three pitches at Fatorda Stadium, GMC Bambolim Stadium and Tilak Maidan in Goa to host India’s best football league.

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