Gangtok, 19 Apr:

The second edition of the Mahendra Karki Memorial Invitational Football Tournament organised by Sikkim Boys FC kicked off at Paljor Stadium here today with Member of Parliament [Rajya Sabha], Hishey Lachungpa, declaring the tournament open.

In the first match, Sikkim Police defeated Renzong FC 6-0.

Tomorrow, State Sports Academy is scheduled to take on Kumar Sporting at 02 p.m.

The organising committee has invited teams from Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Siliguri along with clubs from Sikkim. Altogether, 12 teams are participating in the tournament

The first edition of the tournament was held in May last year at Paljor Stadium with Sikkim Aakraman Football Club lifting the inaugural edition.

From Sikkim, SDFA (Namchi), Sikkim Police, Renzong FC, Sikkim Aakraman FC, Gangtok Himalayan Sporting Club, Boys Club Gangtok, United Sikkim FC, State Sports Academy and Kumar Sporting are participating in the event.

United Kurseong FC, Apex FC Kalimpong and United Brothers Kalimpong are the teams from outside the State competing in the tournament.

The tournament is organized in the memory of footballer Late Mahendra Karki whom Sikkim lost too young and who has many colleagues in the Sikkim Boys FC.

A resident of Gangtok, Mahendra was killed in a car accident in Gangtok in 2011 at the age of 31. He was a popular footballer having played as right-back for many local clubs and also for the State team in regional and national tournaments. He was also a member of the State football team that reached the quarter final round of Santosh Trophy at New Delhi in 2004, the best performance of Sikkim till date.

The final match of the tournament is scheduled to be played on 30 Apr at Paljor Stadium.