Mallya vows to improve Indian football

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Vice president of AIFF Vijay Mallya today slammed the football body and national broadcaster Doordarshan for not allowing the game to reach its potential.

Mumbai:

Rajya Sabha MP and vice president of the All India Football Federation Vijay Mallya today slammed the football body and national broadcaster Doordarshan for not allowing the game to reach its potential. "The federation is being run in a most unprofessional manner. I am saying this as the vice-president of the AIFF," UB Group chairman Mallya told reporters on the sidelines of the celebrity golf event in Mumbai. "Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi has been at the helm for 15 years. His plate is now full with the Congress government in power at the Centre. Let him step aside and allow people like me run the game and show what we can do to uplift Indian football," the liquor baron said. Poor game management Mallya blamed the AIFF for its shoddy scheduling of matches and Doordarshan's poor coverage for the low profile and viewership of the game. "I am sure football has the potential to become as big as cricket through proper planning and scheduling. The AIFF calendar gets finalised at the last moment. The matches are held in the afternoon, though most of the grounds in the country have floodlighting facility. And DD have been given the rights for the matches, but their coverage is lousy," he said. "I am going to take on Dasmunshi for presidentship in the next elections scheduled towards the end of this year," Mallya declared. Mallya holds fifty per cent stake in the two glamour outfits of Indian football - Kolkata's East Bengal and Mohun Bagan clubs. (PTI)

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