Sourav Ganguly guarantees that Indian athletes will be world beaters if provided right facilities

Sourav Ganguly
Former Indian Cricketer Sourav Ganguly at a function of MPCA Annual Awards 2016 on August 1, 2016, in Indore, India. (Photo by Shankar Mourya/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Sourav Ganguly, one of India’s most successful captains, guarantees that the Indian athletes would be “world beaters” in 10 years time if provided with the right “facilities and infrastructure”. Indian athletes have received a lot of criticism after a most of them bowed out of the recently concluded Rio Olympics without any medals.

“The reason why we have done well in cricket is because the BCCI has been able to give us great facilities. We have world class stadia all over India be it in a small centre like Ranchi. One running event won’t produce a champion overnight.”


“You give them facilities and infrastructure, I can guarantee you they will become world beaters in 10 years time,” said Ganguly, who was unveiled as the face of third Kolkata 25K run to be held on December 18.

The event is held in five categories for 25 kilometres (elite and amateurs), Open 10K, Ananda Run (6K), Senior Citizen’s and Champions with a disability over 4K.

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Meanwhile, the Eden Gardens will host India’s 501st Test match which is the second match of the 3-match Test series between India and New Zealand. They will install a giant Lord’s like bell before the Test match and it will ring to mark the beginning of the day’s play.

“The Eden is ready and we are doing our best to get crowds in large numbers. To begin with, the Eden will host a talk show of former cricketers VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag and there is a host of other events lined up,” he concluded.