AAI’s All India Inter-zonal football tourney begins

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This chapter of sports tournament is completely plastic free

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Oct 12: The All India Inter-zonal football tournament of Airports Authority of India 2019 kick started with a glittering cultural programme and host of players from around the six various regions of AAI at Laxmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE), Sonapur, (Assam) on Friday.

The 5-day tournament was inaugurated by R.G Lama, Regional Executive Director (officiate), AAI-NER, Ramesh Kumar, Airport Director-Guwahati Airport along with the Dean, Dr. B. Basumatary, LNIPE and the guests from AAI and related establishments.

Welcoming the players and the team managers Lama said that we are happy to host the All India Inter zonal football tournament at this beautiful place of North East where we have good climate, good people and ample space to explore. The arrangements here at the LNIPE is quite good and the sports facilities are of world class level which will also motivate professionals like us to engage ourselves in sports activities.

This chapter of sports tournament is completely plastic free and AAI NER in the guidance of Sanjeev Jindal, RED-NER has encouraged not to use single use plastic in all its activities. And with this football event, AAI is spreading the message of not to use plastic in daily life.

Informing about the sports activities and facilities at the institute, Dr. B. Basumatary said that we are excited to be associated with the Airports Authority of India and will try to fulfill all the requirements of the players and the staff from their side. We have hosted Under-17 football world cup at this same venue last time and it was a grand success and we hope that our associations with AAI will continue further, he added.

In his address to the guests, players and the organisers Ramesh Kumar, APD Guwahati applauded the game spirit of the players and congratulated the committee members for hosting the game with all necessities. He further encouraged all the six teams participating in the event for a fair and joyous game here.

The tournament kick started with the series of folk programmes by the local artists who performed on various Assamese songs and Bihu dances. The mesmerizing performances and colourful event filled everyone with joy. The attraction was presence of Assamese actor FairyPriya Ahmed who greeted every one and players present on the event.

The chief guest, Guest of honour and dignitaries present on the occasion hand shake and were introduced by the respective team mangers before the commencement of the game. The oath of the game was also administered by the Chief Guest to the captain on the occasion. The tournament was declared opened by the guest by hoisting the AAI Regional Sports flag and first kick of football in the field.

The All India Inter Zonal football tournament is being hosted by the Regional Sports Control board, North East Region Guwahati with the committee members led by Capt. Dilip Kumar, Jt GM Security, Sanjeeb Kakati , Secretary RSCB, Guwahati.

A total of 102 players from Central headquarters, New Delhi, Eastern Region, Kolkata, Northern Region, Delhi, Western Region, Mumbai, Southern Region Chennai and the host North East Region Guwahati is participating in the 5-day long event that will conclude on October 15.

The inaugural match was played between Central Head Quarters New Delhi and Southern Region Chennai where Southern Region won by 6-0.


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