Popular football playing nation expresses interest in Joyee

first_imgKOLKATA: For the first time ever, one of the most popular football playing countries has shown interest for the Joyee footballs made by women of rural Bengal.Some of the footballs, as samples, have been sent to the country for testing and the report in this connection will be given after about two months.It may be mentioned that it was a dream project of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to revive the decade old organisation Refugee Handicrafts that work under the state government’s MSME department by means of making footballs. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe dream has come true with the immense success of the Joyee footballs and now it has been sent for necessary ‘tests’ to a popular football playing country. According to an official, the ‘tests’ are going on before the final nod comes for the deal to procure the footballs. Around a month ago, Chinese Consulate in Kolkata had tested the footballs and procured 850 Challenger type Joyee footballs. Besides providing the footballs to the Chinese consulate, necessary steps were taken to make the footballs commercially successful in different other countries. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe official didn’t disclose the name of the popular football playing country where samples of Joyee footballs have been sent for certain reasons but confirmed that the country is so ‘particular and professional’ about football that it’s concerned authorities will be testing the footballs for two long months before giving the final nod. The authorities there will be giving the footballs to the footballers to play with them and it is one of the most crucial ways of testing the quality and all other aspects of the footballs. They will be sending a report in this connection after the tests. Sources said the authorities of the Refugee Handicrafts are, however, confident enough that they will like the footballs as those have been prepared following international standards.Both the officials of Refugee Handicraft and MSME department will have to wait for another one month for the final nod from the authorities of the football playing country.The footballs are prepared by the women hailing from different rural parts of the state. They are provided with necessary training, which is organised by the Refugee Handicraft. Recently, steps have also been taken to rope in more people to make the same. More importantly, experts were also engaged to ensure that international standards are maintained while making the footballs and it can be marketed not only across the country but also in different countries.last_img