Rajasthan to Build 'World's Best Sports Ecosystem' with Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan to Build 'World's Best Sports Ecosystem' with Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan's sporting infrastructure is poised for a significant upgrade as the Rajasthan Royals and the state government prepare to sign a groundbreaking agreement to establish "the best sports ecosystem in the world."

"We will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Royals, who will assist in developing a comprehensive sports ecosystem over the next three years," announced state sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore at the jersey launch event of the Jaipur-based Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise.

Royals' chairperson Ranjit Barthakur emphasized their commitment to the cause. "I have often questioned the lack of adequate infrastructure in Rajasthan. We need to create an environment where sports can flourish. We have discussed this with the sports minister, and we will soon reveal our plans. With a sportsman at the helm, who better to champion the welfare of athletes? We are dedicated to building the world's premier sports ecosystem right here in Rajasthan," Barthakur stated.

Rathore clarified that the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) will not be involved in conducting the 17th Indian Premier League (IPL), emphasizing that it is a three-party agreement between the Royals, Rajasthan State Sports Council, and the BCCI.

"Our government will spare no effort in hosting the best IPL ever in Jaipur. Notably, unlike in the past, we are committed to utilizing the Rs 5 crore we receive from organizing five IPL matches for the benefit of players. This amount is significantly higher than previous allocations. We have also reached several other agreements with the Royals," Rathore added.

The Royals will play five of their seven home games in Jaipur, commencing their IPL campaign against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on March 24 at the SMS Stadium.

"We will designate a special area in the stadium for sub-junior and junior players to witness the matches. We will also invite and accord VIP treatment to all former state captains," Rathore further stated.

The senior state cricket team will also benefit from the expertise of former Sri Lanka batsman and Royals head of cricket Kumar Sangakkara. "We will leverage Kumar's immense talent. He will mentor the Rajasthan Ranji team," Rathore announced.

Tags: #RajasthanRoyals, #RajasthanSports, #SportsInfrastructure, #IPL, #RajyavardhanSinghRathore

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