Kolkata: UNI Former Team India cricket captains Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly today inaugurated India's first multi-sport museum.
Named 'Fanattic Sports Museum', this is a joint venture of sports historian Boria Majumdar and industrialist Harshavardhan Neotia.
The 'Fanattic Sports Museum' will house memorabilia from India's only Olympic individual gold medal winner Abhinav Bindra, shot put athlete Deepa Malik and javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia -- the museum boasts on an impressive collection painstakingly gathered by sports historian Boria Majumdar for over 25 years.
Majorly based on cricket, the articles on display are collected by Mr Majumdar. It also features Tendulkar's gloves used in his 100th century at Mirpur, Olympic gold winning shooter Abhinav Bindra's gloves that he wore during his gold-medal-winning shooting event, a number of bats and jerseys of Ganguly, PV Sindhu's jersey from the Olympic-medal-winning match,
Usain Bolt's jersey during his record-breaking sprint, and many more.
Speaking on the occasion, Tendulkar praised the effort by saying that he has been to the Bradman Museum and Lord's but those places are only about cricket, but this place includes all sports and that is interesting.
Ganguly, who is also Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president, expressed his excitement on the inauguration, hoping the museum becomes a great success.
He said the museum have a tie-up with FIFA collection, which is the biggest in football and is in talks with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) for affiliation.
Paralympics medallists javelin thrower Devendra Jharjharia, Deepa Malik, and industrialist and sports enthusiast Sanjiv Goenka, were also present at the occasion.