The Telegraph
Sunday , August 3 , 2014
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Bhutia surprised

Calcutta: Lavishing praise on the inaugural edition of the Pro-Kabaddi League, Bhaichung Bhutia feels lack of proper investment is something that may have hurt Indian football the most.

At the same time, though, he was also surprised with the excitement and passion surrounding the kabaddi tournament.

Speaking to reporters prior to the start of the Jaipur Pink Panthers-Patna Pirates match, at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, on Saturday, Bhaichung said: “I think proper investment is something that football in India has missed.

“That hasn’t been the case with kabaddi, probably that’s why things are looking so compact in this tournament. It’s good to see so many people turning up to watch these matches, but having said that, I’m also a bit surprised to see such big numbers in the matches so far.”

Bhaichung, however, believes launch of the Indian Super League (ISL) will change the attitude towards football in India. “Look, you have to accept one thing. There are more people who watch football than kabaddi… Let the ISL begin and then we’ll see…”