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Ganguly bats for corporate support, professionalism in sports

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Citing the example of the "successful" Indian Premier League, former today batted for corporate support and professionalism in Indian

The entered its 11th edition this year and the matches started from April 7.

"has become so successful because it is professionally run and that's the most important thing. Every player, whether it is a or a or a gymnast or a who is as good as Mahesh (Bhupathi), his talent should be allowed to (flourish) and not suppressed by political (differences)," said at the launch of Beyond the Boardroom', a coffee-table book brought out by the here.

"And with this professionalism, and corporates coming into the system, there is nothing to hold them back. Their main aim is to make sure that an X or Y wins a gold at or That is what is allowing talent to express themselves and become better, the former noted.

said the facilities have changed for the better now and that the athletes are being better looked after.

"So the facilities have gone a lot better (now), it is the system which produces (players) and I see a radical change in the way athletes are looked up in this country, and that's how it should be and the results will follow," he said.

"This Commonwealth Games, the tally of gold medals, there is drastic change from the last CWG and it is going to happen in every It has happened in When we used to travel to England and Australia, we used to just get rolled over. But now we see going abroad and the and the cricket, it is gone to a different level. It's the awareness of in our country and it is also because of the corporates who have come up, he added.

During the interaction, the Ganguly also revealed that he had never gone to a gym before playing for India.

Ace Mahesh Bhupathi, Nikhat Zareen, and JSW were present on the occasion.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 21:55 IST