Paes wants reward for promoting Indian football

Updated: 08 December 2011 18:05 IST

Two months after being made the brand ambassador of Indian football, tennis star Leander Paes is learnt to have sent a wish list to the AIFF, which includes a whopping appearance fee of Rs 1.6 crore for promotional activities.

New Delhi:

Two months after being made the brand ambassador of Indian football, tennis star Leander Paes is learnt to have sent a wish list to the AIFF, which includes a whopping appearance fee of Rs 1.6 crore for promotional activities.

Sources close to the All India Football Federation said that Paes wants to have a professional contract whereby he shall devote a minimum of eight days in a year with a fee of Rs 20 lakh per appearance.

AIFF secretary general Kushal Das, though told PTI that Paes, a multiple Grand Slam winner in doubles and a Davis Cupper, has only communicated about what he wants to do for the promotion of Indian football.

"It's nothing like a contract. He has said about what all he wants to do for promotional activities.

"I'm not too sure about this so I have forwarded the details to our president (Praful Patel)," Das said.

Paes was officially made the face of Indian football during the opening ceremony of the I-League at the Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata in October.

At a time when the AIFF is not doing too well as far as its financial condition is concerned, Paes' demand will only add to its monetary woes.

The AIFF was earlier keen on having Paes on board and the tennis star too had expressed his interest.

"I am a big football lover. As I grew up, as a young kid, and in my youth, I had spent a lot of time playing football," Paes had said during an event in Kolkata.

Topics : Football Leander Paes
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