BANGALORE: Responding swiftly to a request from All India Football Federation President Praful Patel, Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Wednesday promised to give Rs five crore towards football development. “Knowing Praful Patel who would receive in one hand and give much more off the other,the State Government will give Rs five crore for upgrading the stadium and for football development,” said Yeddyurappa at the function to lay the foundation stone for FIFA Goal ProjectII.
Earlier, Patel had urged Yeddyurappa to grant at least Rs 10-15 crore for upgrading the stadium and development of football after thanking the State Government for granting land to Karnataka State Football Association in the 1970s. “Because of their gesture, KSFA is the only State Association in the country who have a stadium of their own,” Patel said. “Even Kolkata considered the epicentre of football or Mumbai and Goa do not have one, despite the popularity there.“However, I request the State Government to contribute Rs 10-15 crore for upgrading the facilities and grant land in Mangalore and Mysore for setting up new ones.”
Patel said a good package was necessary to take any sport to the next level.“Football in India suffers from the chicken and egg conundrum. “Do we need to first set-up the infrastructure or improve the quality?” he questioned before replying “I honestly believe both go hand-in-hand and
academies of this sort will play a big role.”