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AIFF officials laud 'elder brother' BCCI for Rs 25 cr grant

The All India Football Federation top brass today lauded Cricket Board's "elder-brotherly concern" while granting Rs 25 crore for soccer's development in the country and also thanked AIFF chief Praful Patel for his role in bringing the huge financial assistance.

sports Updated: Aug 14, 2009 02:29 IST

The All India Football Federation top brass today lauded Cricket Board's "elder-brotherly concern" while granting Rs 25 crore for soccer's development in the country and also thanked AIFF chief Praful Patel for his role in bringing the huge financial assistance.

The cash-rich BCCI granted Rs 25 crore for development of football in the country, to be given in two years, after Patel had personally requested his Nationalist Congress Party leader and former BCCI chief Sharad Pawar to partially fund AIFF's ambitious '2011 Goal Project'.

While congratulating Patel for his commendable job in getting the grant, AIFF senior vice-president Subrata Dutta praised BCCI for its magnanimity.

"It is really a great gesture by BCCI, proving that they also care for the development of Indian football. I would like to thank their elder-brotherly attitude. They are thinking positive for other sports of the country, including football," Dutta said from Kolkata.

"Credit goes to Praful Patel and it is a wonderful job done by him. This would not have been possible without his effort," Dutta said.

"It is high time that all those concerned with football should work together under his (Patel's) leadership to take Indian football forward. I am sure under him Indian football will rise to the pristine glory of the past." AIFF officials laud 'elder brother' BCCI for Rs 25 cr grant


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The All India Football Federation top brass today lauded Cricket Board's "elder-brotherly concern" while granting Rs 25 crore for soccer's development in the country and also thanked AIFF chief Praful Patel for his role in bringing the huge financial assistance.

The cash-rich BCCI granted Rs 25 crore for development of football in the country, to be given in two years, after Patel had personally requested his Nationalist Congress Party leader and former BCCI chief Sharad Pawar to partially fund AIFF's ambitious '2011 Goal Project'.

While congratulating Patel for his commendable job in getting the grant, AIFF senior vice-president Subrata Dutta praised BCCI for its magnanimity.

"It is really a great gesture by BCCI, proving that they also care for the development of Indian football. I would like to thank their elder-brotherly attitude. They are thinking positive for other sports of the country, including football," Dutta said from Kolkata.

"Credit goes to Praful Patel and it is a wonderful job done by him. This would not have been possible without his effort," Dutta said.

"It is high time that all those concerned with football should work together under his (Patel's) leadership to take Indian football forward. I am sure under him Indian football will rise to the pristine glory of the past."