GANGTOK, 06 Jan:
Inter-Constituency Football Tournament 2019 kicked off at three different venues in the State on Monday. The tournament is being organized by Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sikkim under Rural Sports.
The preliminary matches of this knock-out tournament started today at Paljor Stadium for constituencies in East and North Districts; atSangha, Singhithang playground, Namchi for constituencies in South District; and Dentam Public Ground for constituencies in West District.
All matches from quarter-final round onwards will be played at Jorethang ground in South Sikkim. The final match is scheduled to be played on 15 January. The tournament carries the cash prize of Rs 3 lakhs for the winner and Rs 2 lakhs for runners-up team.
Speaking to SummitTimes, Secretary to Sports & Youth Affairs Department, KuberBhandari mentioned that the main objective of the tournament was to promote sports culture in all corners of the State and to engage youth in productive activities through sports and games.
He further stated that the tournament was also a talent hunt to provide exposure to talented footballers in different corners of the State. He mentioned that the tournament has been conducted under the guidance and direction of the Chief Minister and Minister to Sports & Youth Affairs Department.
The inaugural match at Paljor Stadium was played between Gangtok and West Pendam, in which the match was won by the former 3-1. In the second match, Khamdong-Singtam defeated Sangha 5-1 and Lachen-Mangan outplayed Gnathang-Machong by a lone goal in the third match. In the last match of the day, Chujachen defeated Dzongu 3-1.
At Dentam public ground, Rinchenpong edged past Zoom-Salghari 3-2, while Daramdin defeated Gyalshing-Bermiok 5-3 in another match. At Singhithang ground, Barfung defeated Temi-Namphing 3-1 in the first match, while in the second match,Melli outplayed Tumin-Lingee 7-3.