J&K Bank Academy wins inaugural tie
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir Bank Academy won the opening match of the First Maharaja Hari Singh Memorial Gold Cup Football Tournament being organised under the aegis of Jammu and Kashmir Football Association (JKFA) at GGM Science College Ground here on Wednesday.
The young Bank Academy took the invincible 2-0 lead in the first half of the play and maintained rest of the game. Ankit and Bhanu were the scorers, who netted the ball in the 20th and 30th minutes of the match. In today’ inaugural match, Vijay Kumar, Suresh Gupta, Rocky Sharma and Hilal Ahmed were technical officials.
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh was Chief Guest, who along with Guest of Honour, Director General of Police (DGP), Dr S.P Vaid declared the competition open.
Earlier, both these special guests interacted with the teams playing in the opening match and encouraged the boys.
They also complimented the organisers for providing opportunities to the young talented footballers to excel.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Nirmal Singh said it is imperative to honour the State’s legends and icons who have contributed immensely in different fields of life.
The Deputy Chief Minister, while highlighting the contribution of Maharaja Hari Singh, said he has contributed in every sphere of life and the same is of historic nature.
He said his special focus was on educating the weaker and downtrodden sections of the society and he ensured that free education is introduced in the State.
Dr Singh said that by organizing the football tournament in the name of late Maharaja, the organisers have done a commendable job as it would come up as a regular feature and the younger generation especially the sports persons would also come to know about the historic work and contribution of the Maharaja.
Deputy Chief Minister further said that the sports activities ensure that the energies of youth are channelised in a proper and coordinated direction and does not get swayed by other tendencies.
He said the government has undertaken several measures for catalysing the sports activities and in this regard several national and international tournaments have been organised whereby our youth get an opportunity of competing with several stall wards and get the requisite exposure to excel at various fora.
Prominent among others present were chairman organising committee and MLA, Rajesh Gupta, Gurchain Singh Charak, Justice Parihar Singh, Narayan Singh (president Rajput Sabha), ZA Thakur (president JKFA) and Sheikh Mehmood (organising secretary).
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