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Three cheers, DehradunFootball.com completes one decade on web

DehradunFootball.com 10 Years

Dehradun: How fast the times flies! It seems like yesterday when we launched India’s fist city football website, www.DehradunFootball.com. But, we have completed one decade of our operation Today (10 August 2015). In these bygone ten years we had a chance to access the actual hurdle in the progress of Indian football. India’s struggle in FIFA ranking is man-made and till the All India Football Federation finds out a practical way to reach out the grassroots, nothing magical should be expected. Minnows like Guam will continue to defeat us and every time after facing such humiliation we will find some so called genuine excuses to run away from our responsibilities.

When DehradunFootball.com was launched in 2005, we never had any idea that we will go this far. We just wanted to do some quick documentation work and some activates to run a rather static website. As we got deeply involved in Indian football, we found that some basic problem have turned cancerous after not getting treatment since a long time. We had little resources and despite this decided to raise our voice against the prevailing ills in Indian football. The Dehradunfootball.com filed a series of RTI application to the AIFF for gathering information related to governance and funding. We disclosed many new information through RTI to football lovers. Inspired many other to use RTI as a tool to curb corruption in sports.

Conducting camps, working out entry for local teams in reputed tournaments, sharing information about tournaments, etc- the website tried to prove its utility for sports lovers. Working as an independent body, the DehradunFootball.com won applause from one and all. Eminent Indian historian Ramachandra Guha praised our work in his ‘the Hindu’ column (http://www.hindu.com/mag/2006/05...270300.htm ) to make us spellbound. Media friends continued to support the cause and believe that we are making efforts to promote and also address some common problem prevailing in Indian football. With the advancement of technology, the social media began to gain more and more popularity. We began our FB page in 2009 and presently have over 1,800 members on https://www.facebook.com/pages/Uttarakhand-Football-Dehradun-Football/15..., and with time it is growing.

Even with our small resources at our disposal, DehradunFootball.com continues to make effort to contribute something for the development of soccer in this part of the world. We promise sports lovers that we will continue to fight for transparency in sports federations. We might have limited resources, but rather than having adequate resources and no courage to fight against malpractices, India’s first city football website will take stand against wrong doing in Indian football. As we know that more than the guns, you needs guts to win a fight. Join hands to keep the fight on against dubious forces of India sports!

August 9, 2015

 

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