Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson of the Reliance Foundation, on October 8, said India is the land of opportunities and is emerging as the newest and youngest sporting power in the world.
Amidst Sports Business Summit – a part of Leaders’ Week London 2019 event, Ambani said, “There has never been an environment more conducive, more encouraging and more enabling for sport than what we have today.”
Quipping that India is a television-loving nation, Ambani said the viewership of 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand in July this year was higher in India than in UK.
“When England beat New Zealand in the cricket world cup this year, 15 million viewers watched the match in England, while 180 million viewers watched it in India alone. And when India lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals, over 220 million viewers watched the game in India,” Ambani said.
Making a pitch for more investments in India, Ambani said, “Right now is probably the most exciting time for sport in India, whether you are a coach, a player, an investor, an administrator or a fan.”
“800 million Indians consumed sports on television alone in 2018,” she said, adding that new India is a land of infinite opportunities and the scale and size of the viewership for cricket and other sports makes India truly a unique opportunity,” she said.
Ambani, who is also the owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians and chairperson of the Indian Super League (ISL), said India offers the unique blend of power of democracy, diversity, demography and development.
“Within a decade, India will overtake China as the most populous nation in the world. India is proud of being free, open, liberal and democratic society.”
She also insisted everyone to become a part of the incredible India opportunity.