Looks like Bollywood is becoming all sporty these days, with actors coming forward to lend their support for various games. And actor Ranbir Kapoor, who has stakes in the Mumbai City Football Club (FC) franchise of the Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament, believes that Bollywood celebrities’ involvement in sports in the country is beneficial in many ways. Speaking at the occasion of the launch of his football club the 31 year old actor said, “It’s a great thing, and every sport should be encouraged in the country. Cricket is our first love, but that doesn’t mean we should not give kabaddi or football a platform… More than anything, you are giving opportunities to the youth to become a football player or kabaddi player and not necessarily a cricketer.”
Others who are a part of the ISL include Abhishek Bachchan, who is a part-owner of the Chennai franchise of the ISL; John Abraham, co-owner of NorthEast United FC; Varun Dhawan, brand ambassador of FC Goa, and Salman Khan, who is a co-owner of the Pune franchise.
At the event, Ranbir further stated that everyone involved in the ISL wants to make it more engaging and hopefully it will lead to the creation of a very good Indian football team. Ranbir said, “It’s about the quality of the game and how well Star Sports markets the game. All the people who are involved – like IMG Reliance, Hero, franchise owners and everyone, wants to put their best foot forward and create a league that is engaging and entertaining and has quality football.
“Hopefully we can have our own Indian football team which can play in the World Cup,” he added. The inaugural season of the Hero ISL will be played in eight Indian cities from October 12 to December 20 this year.