Indian government finally wakes up to Football.

Posted: April 14, 2011 in Asian Football, Indian Football

Indian sports minister Ajay Maken has announced that football will be made a “major” discipline in 12 Centers of  Excellence across the nation.

“If there is one sport which should be given all the attention, it is football. The sports ministry wants it to be taken to its glorious past,” he said at a seminar of the South Asian Football Federation in the presence of AIFF president Praful Patel and Asian Football Confederation chief Mohamed bin Hammam.

The Indian football team was very successful in the 1950’s and 1960’s when they won Asian Games in  1951 and 1962 and were runners up at the AFC Asian Cup in 1964. They also came fourth in the 1956 Summer Olympics at Melbourne beating Australia 4 – 2 in the quarter finals.

The Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in Delhi is being converted into a hub for Football and Athletics. It also hosted the Opening Ceremony and Athletics events of the Commonwealth Games 2010.

The Sports ministry has also said that they will be laying artificial turfs where the All India Football Federation have failed to provide any facilities.

The Indian Football Team has been steadily improving under Coach Bob Houghton, contesting the AFC Asian Cup in January for the first time in 27 years but a lot still has to be done by the federations and players to relive the glories achieved by the great teams of the 50’s and 60’s.

  1. Jayesh says:

    At last they did.
    I hope to see India in FIFA someday.

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