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Sports entrepreneur Rohit Ramesh buys Premier Futsal’s Chennai franchise

MUMBAI: Chennai-based football aficionado and sports entrepreneur Rohit Ramesh, the promoter of first division football club Chennai City FC, has bought the rights to Premier Futsal’s Chennai franchise.

This is Futsal’s first franchise to be picked up ahead of the league’s inaugural season in India.

The value of the long-term agreement has not been disclosed. Ramesh, as the promoter of the franchise, will be responsible for the operation of the team, marketing as well as grassroots development for sustained talent growth.

Ramesh said, “I’m delighted to acquire the Chennai franchise of Premier Futsal. It gives me immense pride especially because it’s Chennai, my home city. Futsal is extremely popular across the world and I’m confident that through Premier Futsal, the sport will grow to occupy a prominent place amid Indian sports. We share the organisers long-term vision for this property and look forward to an exciting long-term association ahead.”

Premier Futsal, which kicks off on 15 July, is the world’s first-ever multi-national Futsal league and will bring the legends of football and futsal together for the first time.

Led by the ‘Pele of Futsal’, Alessandro Rosa Vieira, fondly known as Falcão, the league will feature over 50 International Futsallers from four continents and 21 countries.

Each franchise will be assigned a marquee international football player, seven international and five Indian Futsallers for their squad to participate in the inaugural season through a player draft scheduled later this month.

Premier Futsal MD Dinesh Raj said, “We are very happy to have Rohit Ramesh on-board as the owner of our Chennai franchise. Our intention is to develop each team as a club which evokes a culture and values that are distinctive to the city it represents. Therefore we were seeking partners who can make a long-term commitment towards developing their club’s identity while at the same time nurturing future talent. Ramesh is passionate about sport and football in particular, as evident from his ownership of Chennai City FC, which combined with his technical expertise and business acumen, make him the ideal partner for our Chennai franchise.”

The inaugural Premier Futsal will be telecast live and exclusive on Sony SIX, Sony ESPN and Sony AATH. Matches will also be available to live stream on Sony LIV.