The LaLiga has inaugurated its India office at a opening ceremony held at the ITC Maurya Hotel in New Delhi today. The Spanish top tier league is the first major league to open an office in India.
LaLiga President Javier Tebas inaugurated the New Delhi office in the presence various high-profile attendees including Vicente Casado (Managing Director of International Development, LaLiga), Fernando Morientes (LaLiga Ambassador), Magdalena Cruz (Spanish Ambassador to India), Kushal Das (General Secretary, AIFF), NP Singh (CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India), and Gaurav Modwel (CEO, FC Pune City). The Spanish Davis Cup team, led by Rafa Nadal, were also in attendance.
“It means a lot; this is one of the most important days in LaLiga’s history. Being present in India is very important to us,” Javier Tebas told during the function. “We have been working hard towards this for a while and have even made changes to kick-off times with Indian fans in mind. I want to highlight the efforts of Sony, our broadcaster in this country. We’ve got to grow together if we are to become the best. I hope that our new office will enable us to achieve our dreams.”
“We want to share our knowledge with India’s young people and we will also be contributing to training coaches. That will play an important role for us and the future of Indian football alike,” Tebas added.
The Spanish ambassador to India, Magdalena Cruz, said, “I wish to welcome the opening of the LaLiga office in India. It’s great news that the best league in the world, featuring some of the biggest clubs on the planet, has taken this step to move closer to the people of this country.”
Fernando Morientes stated that, “India is a very important destination in LaLiga’s development and it’s a pleasure for us to be here.”
Sony CEO NP Singh expressed his delight while saying, “We’re very happy to be expanding throughout India with the help of LaLiga. With LaLiga on board, we now offer coverage of football from the best league in the world. I want to welcome them to this new office. I’m sure that this will represent an important step for the development of the competition in our country.”
“It’s one of the best followed leagues on the planet. It’s great news that they’ve decided to open this office, which, without any doubt, will play an important role in bringing the fans closer to the action,” FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel told. Modwel is also the Chairman of LaLiga’s local partner agency India on Track.
LaLiga now has six international offices in all, with its base in India joining the ones in the United States, South Africa, Dubai, Nigeria and China.
(Photo courtesy: LaLiga via Twitter)