IFSG unveils the ‘Stars of Tomorrow’, supports 13 promising young athletes

December 5, 2018

  • Mary Kom, 6 times World Amateur Boxing Champion, felicitates and inspires the chosen athletes 
  • Initiative launched in association with Dream11 Foundation and GoSports Foundation
  • Dream11 Foundation has pledged Rs.3 crores to support IFSG’s cause
  • The initiative is inspired by Indian Sports Ministry’s efforts, especially Khelo India, to promote sports in India


Mumbai, December 05, 2018: The Indian Federation of Sports Gaming (IFSG), India’s first sports gaming industry body committed to protect consumer interests through self-regulation, today launched its athlete support programme ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ (SOT). The programme has been created with an aim to identify and support India’s future sporting talent in diverse set non-mainstream sports such as Sailing, Squash, Tennis, Swimming and Golf to name a few. Athletes selected under the programme will be offered critical support towards the fulfilment of their sporting goals. 168 entries were received from across the country, and after a rigorous selection process led by GoSports, who are the ‘Implementation Partner’ of this initiative, 13 talented athletes have been selected to be a part of IFSG’s Stars of Tomorrow programme. Dream11 Foundation, the primary contributor to this programme, has pledged Rs.3 crores to support IFSG’s cause.

At the event, Shri.Bhushan Gagrani, Principal Secretary – Chief Minister’s Office, Govt. of Maharashtra, Mary Kom, 6-time World Amateur Boxing Champion and Padma Bhushan Awardee; Prof. Ratnakar Shetty, ex-Chief Administration Officer – BCCI & Advisor – IFSG; Boria Majumdar, Cricket Historian; Harsh Jain, Director – Dream11 Foundation; John Loffhagen, President, IFSG; Deepthi Bopaiah, Executive Director – GoSports Foundation and Anand Ramachandran, CEO & Co-Founder Fantain, felicitated the talented athletes. The event also witnessed industry stalwarts discuss and dialogue on ‘Is India on its way to becoming a Sporting Powerhouse?’ bringing to the fore key requirements as well as opportunities ahead to support the sporting talent in India. 

Launching the Stars of Tomorrow programme, John Loffhagen, President, IFSG, said, “Inspired by the Indian Sports Ministry’s efforts and initiatives, IFSG wants to facilitate and contribute towards building India as a great sporting nation. Being a part of the sports ecosystem, we feel it is our responsibility to enable the overall growth of sports and provide specific support to deserving athletes at an individual level.”

Talking about the association with the initiative, Harsh Jain, Director – Dream11 Foundation, said, “We are proud to support IFSG’s Stars of Tomorrow initiative as it resonates with our Foundation’s objective of contributing towards building India as an even greater sporting nation. We are inspired by the Indian Sports Ministry’s initiatives like Khelo India and look forward to many more such public-private partnerships.”

Speaking at the occasion, Shri.Bhushan Gagrani, Principal Secretary- Chief Minister’s Office, Govt. of Maharashtra, said, “Public-private-partnerships will go a long way in promoting and growing the sports ecosystem in India. Any form of contribution & support from corporates, be it big or mid-sized, will help further the sports agenda of our country. The support being provided by IFSG & Dream11 Foundation will encourage these young athletes to achieve their full potential.”

Felicitating athletes at the event, Mary Kom, 6-time World Amateur Boxing Champion, said. “I am happy to be associated with IFSG’s initiative as I feel that for India to truly become a sporting nation and be seen as a strong contender in the international arena, support needs to be given not only for team sports but also to individual sports. IFSG’s Stars of Tomorrow is another welcome step towards achieving national goals.”

Commenting on the Stars of Tomorrow programme, Prof. Ratnakar Shetty, ex-Chief Administration Officer – BCCI & Advisor – IFSG, “Due to the consistent efforts and the rigorous campaign led by the Indian Sports Ministry over the last few years, we are seeing growing awareness and interest among Indians to follow and appreciate sportspersons. Through proper preparation, resources and sponsorship, talented athletes will get an opportunity to perform to the best of their potential.”

Commenting on the GoSports Foundation’s role as the implementation partner of SOT programme, Deepthi Bopaiah, Executive Director, GoSports Foundation said:

“We are glad to be the implementation partner for IFSG’s Stars of Tomorrow programme which is a long-term athlete development initiative. We have selected athletes who have exhibited great performances and potential to excel and look forward to work with them on making a smooth transition to the senior level and represent India at the world stage.”

Athletes selected to the ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ Programme include:


Name Sport Age Gender City Link to detailed profile
Viraj Ganapathy Madappa Golf 20 years Male Kolkata   https://sot.ifsg.in/athletes_profile/viraj-ganapathy-madappa/
Pranavi S Urs Golf 15 years Female Mysore https://sot.ifsg.in/athletes_profile/pranavi-s-urs/
Nethra Kumanan Sailing 21 years Female Chennai https://sot.ifsg.in/athletes_profile/nethra-kumanan/
Jaivir Singh Dhillon Squash 14 years Male New Delhi https://sot.ifsg.in/athletes_profile/jaivir-singh-dhillon/
Ananya Anil Dabke Squash 14 years Female Thane https://sot.ifsg.in/athletes_profile/ananya-anil-dabke/
Utkarsh Baheti Squash 17 years Male Jaipur https://sot.ifsg.in/athletes_profile/utkarsh-baheti/
Yash Fadte Squash 17 years Male Goa https://sot.ifsg.in/athletes_profile/yash-fadte/
Advait Page Swimming 16 years Male Indore https://sot.ifsg.in/athletes_profile/advait-page/
Khushi Dinesh Swimming 15 years Female Bangalore https://sot.ifsg.in/athletes_profile/khushi-dinesh/
Suvana C Baskar Swimming 15 years Female Bangalore https://sot.ifsg.in/athletes_profile/suvana-c-baskar/
Aryan Goveas Tennis 20 years Male Mumbai
Pranjala Yadlapalli Tennis 19 years Female Hyderabad https://sot.ifsg.in/athletes_profile/pranjala-yadlapalli/
Siddhant Jagdish Banthia Tennis 18 years Male Pune https://sot.ifsg.in/athletes_profile/siddhant-jagdish-banthia/

For more on the programme – http://sot.ifsg.in/ 

Notes for Editor

About IFSG:

Formed in 2017, Indian Federation Of Sports Gaming (IFSG) is India’s first and only Sports Gaming self-regulatory industry body formed to protect consumer interest and create standardised best practices in the Sports Gaming industry.

The Sports Gaming industry comprises companies that operate online sports-based Games of Skill (which may include e-sports, Fantasy Sports and casual sports games). IFSG aims to create a thriving ecosystem for users & operators by laying guidelines for a common set of practices, setting standards of operation and creating a regulatory framework to protect the user and operator interests.
For more log on to : www.ifsg.in 

GoSports Foundation

GoSports Foundation is a non-profit venture working towards the development of some of India’s most talented emerging and elite athletes, competing in Olympic and Paralympic disciplines. Joined by India’s only individual Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra, former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid, All England Badminton Champion Pullela Gopichand on their Board of Advisors, and former Indian cricket team physiotherapist John Gloster as their Head of Sports Science, their vision to Enable Sports Excellence is premised on the belief that sporting champions are created when the right talent gets the right support at the right time. 

For more log on to: www.gosportsfoundation.in  

Dream11 Foundation: 

Dream11 Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Dream11 that aims to connect people to the right resources and assets in their time of need. Dream11 is India’s Biggest Sports Game with 4.5 crore+ users playing Fantasy Cricket, Football, Kabaddi and NBA. Dreamq11 is the Official Fantasy Game partner of the International Council of Cricket (ICC), VIVO Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), Hero Indian Super League (ISL), National Basketball Association (NBA), Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), International Hockey Federation (FIH) and Big Bash League (BBL). A Series D funded company, Dream11 was founded in 2008 by Harsh Jain and Bhavit Sheth. Kalaari Capital, Think Investments, Multiples Equity & Tencent are the marquee investors in Dream11. 

For more log on to: www.dream11foundation.org 

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