India’s current test skipper and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli seems to be spending his free time during the hectic IPL season launching various programs that help youth in the country.

After the recent charity event with the Smile Foundation, the 26-year old was in Bangalore on Thursday for a talent hunt in the country for football.

The ‘Premier Futsal Launchpad’ is a nationwide talent hunt which will choose and pick top local talent in the country to play in the inaugural season of the world’s first-ever multi-national futsal league.

It is spread across 7 other cities in the country ending with Delhi on June 21st and Kohli was an active member during the launch of this talent hunt.

The Indian skipper was excited talking about the rise of popularity of football in the country and felt that the acceptance of other games globally in the country has risen over the last few years.

He said, We’ve seen India’s appetite for different sports growing over the last few years and I’m sure a sport as exciting, competitive and riveting as futsal will strike a chord with sports fans here.”

He also wished that these programs help nurture the talent in the country and hoped that it will become a part of the Indian sports family.

“I think the talent hunt is a great initiative which will nurture local talent and help futsal establish itself firmly among India’s most followed sports.”

“It is a massive shot in the arm for Indian sport,” he added.

Applicants between 18 to 24 years of age will be eligible to apply for the talent hunt. Budding footballers can also register to be part of the talent hunt online or on the spot at select sports clubs and colleges across the eight cities that Premier Futsal will be visiting.

A total of 40 players will be picked – five per city – who will go on to represent their home cities in the league.


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