Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore says India must strive hard to bring back football's glory

Kolkata: Union sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Saturday said India must work hard towards bringing back the lost glory of football.

File image of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. PTI

File image of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. PTI

"We need to bring up the Indian football and develop in a lot of other sports," Rathore said on the sidelines of the FIFA U-17 World Cup final.

The sports minister earlier met Indian football legend PK Banerjee and inaugurated a dressing room in his name at the Sports Authority of India Eastern Centre.

"A lot of spectators today might not know that we won gold medal in football in Asian Games and the captain of that team was from Bengal," he said about the Chuni Goswami-led Asian Games triumph in 1962.

"We were once at the 14th position at the Olympics. So These are important moments for us."

Impressed with the facilities at the Salt Lake Stadium, Rathore said: "The infrastructure here is good. I want the facilities to be regularly used by the players. If the infrastructure remain unused then what is the point of maintaining it? Therefore we need more players to come up."

"The infrastructure here is good. I want the facilities to be regularly used by the players. If the infrastructure remain unused then what is the point of maintaining it? Therefore we need more players to come up," he said.


Updated Date: Oct 28, 2017 22:11 PM

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