Pune, India (PressExposure) May 27, 2011 -- Reportaaz looks into the popularity of football in Kolhapur only on IBN LOkmat.
Internationally, football is the most popular sport. In India, despite the domination of cricket, international football has gradually made inroads and become the second- biggest sports entertainer. While football craze has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, there is one city in Maharashtra where almost every family has atleast one player. We are talking about Kolhapur, the city nested in the tranquil laps of the Sahyadri mountain ranges. This week Reportaaz goes back to the time when Kolhapur started the football tradition and the reason behind the passion and obsession for this sport amongst the people of this city. Tune into watch this episode of Reportaaz at 10 am and 8:30 pm on 29th May only on IBN-Lokmat.
The football tradition is a century old in Kolhapur. The great King Chhatrapati Shahaji, the grandson of Rajashri Shahu Maharaja who had come to Kolhapur for higher education had immense love with the sport. Since then, taking inspiration from the kings, people of Kolhapur have been playing football. Although wrestling is the traditional sport of Kolhapur, football is the favorite of its people. In 1910, Jamdar Football club was established in Kolhapur and it was one of the earliest football clubs formed. Football tournaments go on during all the seasons of the year and attract a huge number of football lovers from various places in and around Kolhapur. However, it is extremely sad that although with so many football fanatics in the city, none of them have been selected on a national level.
This extremely remarkable episode of Reportaaz brings to you the history of Kolhapur football in this cricket crazy country. To know more tune into Reportaaz at 10:00 am and 8:30 pm on Sunday 29th May 2011 only on IBN-Lokmat.