Namchi, Jan 5 (IPR)
The 9th All India Chief Minister’s Gold Cup International Football Tournament organised by South District Football Association(SDFA) was kicked off at Jorethang Play Ground, today.
The Minister for Education and Sports and Youth Affairs Departments Kunga Nima Lepcha officially declared the tournament open.
The opening ceremony was also graced by the Minister for Power and Energy Shri M.N. Sherpa, Minister for Buildings and Housing and Transport Departments Sanjit Kharel (Patron), MLA Salghari Zoom Sunita Gazmer (Patron), Political Secretary to CM Jacob Khaling(Patron), Zilla Adhyaksha South Tshering Dem Bhutia and a host of other State Government officials, members of organising committee and local gentry.
The inaugural match was played between Sikkim Youth Club versus Kalimpong VI wherein the former team won the match with a scoreline of 5:4.
It may be mentioned here that a total of fourteen (14) teams from Sikkim, Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Shillong, Kolkata, Punjab including clubs from Nepal and Bhutan are taking part in the tournament.
The Chief Guest in his brief address expressed that this tournament is being organised after a gap of nearly five years in Jorethang and for this the credit goes to Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) for encouraging the young football talents of Sikkim to participate in the tournament. He added, that the State Government has given priority to sports and other activities as sports can aid today’s youths in making them physically fit and mentally sound.
SDFA General Secretary Pavitra Manav informed that the finals of the tournament will take place on 19th January coinciding with the concluding day of Jorethang Maghey Sankranti Mela, 2020. The tournament is being live telecasted through facebook page and screens have been installed at MG lane and the playground gallery, he said.
On the occasion, a theme song of the South District Football Association was also released by the Chief Guest and other dignitaries.
Nedup Lepcha, goalkeeper of Sikkim Youth Club was adjudged as the ‘Hero of the Match’ and presented the cash award of Rs ten thousand.