ONGC’s contract with the Indian FA to sponsor the I-League had ended last season and it seemed that it won’t get renewed.
Last year, the
public sector unit reduced the sponsorship deal by a crore as they reportedly
gave six crores for the nation’s top division league.
According to sources in ONGC, the directors are yet to meet
and discuss the money they plan to allocate for the I-League.
The news comes after the Indian sports ministry agreed to
allocate ten crores for the preparation of the India U-23 team to prepare for
the 2010 Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou, China.
Also the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
decided to grant 25 crores to the Indian FA for the development of the people’s
game in the country, for which the credit entirely goes to the acting AIFF president
However the official broadcasters of Indian football, Zee
Sports are known to delay their payment which is the only cause of bother for the