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  • In first match Real Kashmir defeats Delhi United by 7-0, Krizognother awarded man of the match

SRINAGAR: Real Kashmir Football Club on Thursday displayed outstanding performance, defeating Delhi United with 7-0 goals in the first match of the Kashmir Invitation Cup Football Tournament here this morning. The Kashmir Invitation Cup is being jointly organized by JKFA & JKSSC at TRC Football Turf, Srinagar. Eight teams are participating in the ongoing tourney. The 4 guest teams include Minerva Punjab FC (I-League champions), Bengaluru FC (ISL team), Delhi United FC and Sudeva FC, while 4 local teams include I-League Qualifiers and 2-Divisions I-League champions Real Kashmir FC, Lone Star Kashmir FC, State Football Academy and J&K Bank FC.

 

Speaking at the award ceremony of the first match Secretary, Youth Service and Sports (YSS), Sarmad Hafeez said that football is an long-standing game to which people in Kashmir, especially the youth are hugely attached. He suggested various measures for popularizing various sports in the nook and cranny of Jammu and Kashmir.  He assured that the government would go out of way to provide necessary facilities for the training of players by setting up right kind of infrastructure across the state.

 

"We will ensure that the talented youth of J&K are provided the right platform to excel in sports and rub shoulders with the best in the field,” he said. He presented man of the match trophy to Real Kashmir's Krizognother and congratulated him for the feat. He said it will be a good opportunity for our local teams to gain experience.

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  • Chief Justice inaugurates J&K Legal Premier Cricket League at Sher-e-Kashmir International Cricket Stadium

SRINAGAR: In order to promote sports culture among legal fraternity, Chief Justice J&K High Court, Justice Gita Mittal today inaugurated the first ever T-20 J&K Legal Premier Cricket League here at Sher-e-Kashmir International Cricket Stadium (SKICS) today. The 5-day tournament has been organized by the J&K High Court Cricket team in collaboration with Departments of Tourism and Hospitality & Protocol, J&K Sports Council and J&K Cricket Association (JKCA).

 

Justice Alok Aradhe, Justice Tashi Rabstan, Justice Abdul Rashid Dar, Registrar General J&K High Court, Sanjay Dhar, Principal Secretary to Chief Justice, Mr. Jawad Ahmad, besides other senior functionaries of J&K High Court, JKCA and large number of sports lovers were present at the inaugural function. As many as eight teams, comprising two groups (A and B) from North India are participating in the tournament. The Group A has comprised of Supreme Court Bar Association-XI, Delhi High Court Bar Association-XI, Jammu and Kashmir Judicial Officers-XI and Jammu and Kashmir High Court Staff-XI, while as Group B comprised of Punjab and Haryana High Court Staff-XI, J&K Advocates-XI, Delhi High Court Staff-XI and J&K Judicial employees-XI. 

 

A total, 15 matches will be played at two venues viz; SKICS and TRC Sports Ground during the tournament. The inaugural match at SKICS was played between J&K High Court Advocates-XI and Delhi High Court Staff-XI, while as the match at TRC Sports Ground was played between Supreme Court Bar Association-XI and Punjab and Haryana High Court Staff-XI.  The inaugural matches were won by Delhi High Court Staff-XI and Punjab and Haryana High Court Staff-XI respectively.

The final of the tournament will be played at Sher-i-Kashmir Cricket Ground on 21st of October.  While interacting with the players, Justice Mittal said that sports are vital for the mental and physical fitness of every one and J&K High Court is keen to promote the sports activities for the legal fertility. She said sports enhances the capacity building of human being, provide an opportunity to players to interact with others, to know about the culture and languages of other States, promote team spirit and sense of responsibility. The objective of organizing the tournament is to provide an opportunity to the local players to showcase their talent in the cricketing skills. The Chief Justice conveyed her good wishes to the players and hoped that the tournament will be a memorable for the participants and promote ties between the participating teams. Earlier, the Chief Justice was introduced with the players.

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  • Govt committed to groom JK’s football talent: Sarmad Hafeez

SRINAGAR: Secretary Youth Services and Sports Sarmad Hafeez today said that Government is committed to providing each and every support needed for boosting the football infrastructure across the State enabling tainted youngsters to showcase their talent at National and International levels. He made these remarks while addressing a press conference here regarding the announcement of Jammu and Kashmir Invitational Football Cup, which will commence from 17 October 2018, at the TRC Turf football stadium.

While highlighting the importance of such events for the development of better football culture in the State, he further stated that the J&K Sports Council and J&K Football Association is leaving no stone unturned in tapping sports talent in the valley and one can easily foresee a better atmosphere for games and sports in the days to come.

Hafeez informed that the construction works of Bakshi Stadium will be completed upto March 2019 at an estimated cost of Rs 44 crore. He said that the valley will soon get its first football stadium as per FIFA norms complete with floodlights. In addition to it, indoor stadiums are coming up at every district across the State at a cost of Rs 4 crore each and by the end of next year, they will be ready to host indoor games facilities for the youth. Government is upgrading facilities with Floodlighting at TRC Turf Football Stadium. In November-December, Pre-I- League football matches will be played there and best teams of the country will play their matches at TRC Turf which will change the perception about the sports in the valley.

He said that Kashmiri players are genetically suited for the football game and the valley’s climate is also feasible for the game. Real Kashmir club has a Scottish coach and J&K Sports Council is roping best coaches from outside the State so that National and International football players are produced from the State. Recently, TATA Trust trained 120 girls of the State for football coaching.  The Administrative Secretary assured every possible help from the State Government in polishing sports talent of those footballers who play with dedication, better techniques and sportsman spirit.

President J&K Football Association President Zameer Ahmad informed the media that as a trailer to the I-League senior football league to be hosted in the valley in November, the J&K Football Association and J&K Sports Council are jointly organizing the ‘Kashmir Invitation Cup 2018’ from October 17 to 23 at the TRC Turf football stadium. Four participating teams from the country include Minerva Punjab FC (I-League champions), Bengaluru FC (ISL team), Delhi United FC and Sudeva FC (2ND Division I-League Teams). Four local teams in the event are I-League 2nd Division Champion Real Kashmir FC, States first I-League team Lone Star Kashmir FC, State Football Academy and J&K Bank FC.

The tournament will be played on a knockout basis, with direct quarterfinals to be played from October 17th at 2 pm. The first match will be between Real Kashmir and Delhi United FC. All regulations will be followed as per FIFA and AIFF standards and referees will be deputed by AIFF for this event. Some of the best football players will be playing in this knockout tournament and the football loving fans of Kashmir are expected to watch some high voltage matches. DG Youth Services and Sports Dr Saleem-u-Rehman, Senior officers from J&K Sports Council, all members of J&K Football Association and other concerned officials were present on the occasion.