Mumbai, Apr 27 (PTI) An under-19 football tournament, jointly organised by the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) under the aegis of the All India Police Sports Control Board, is to be held in three centres here from May 2-9.
The OORJA CAPF Youth Under 19 Football Talent Hunt Tournament 2017, an initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and featuring CRPF, BSF, CISF, SSB, ITBP and Assam Rifles, is being held at the behest of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, a media release said today.
The tournament is being held ahead of the FIFA Under- 17 World Cup scheduled to be held in India from October 6-28.
“While emphasising on the successful hosting of the event, the Hon ble Prime Minister has said that this alone cannot be our final objective. FIFA Under-17 World Cup must be a catalyst for change, the tipping point for football in the country, which can only be done by creating a mass movement around it,” the release said.
All CAPF units have been asked to conduct the Oorja CAPF Youth Under-19 tournament in different parts of the country.
CISF is conducting the tournament in the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and in the Union territories of Delhi, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, besides Daman and Diu.
In Mumbai, the opening ceremony is scheduled to be held on May 2 at the Cooperage football ground, which will also host the finals of both boys and girls categories on May 9.
The preliminary league-cum-knockout matches will be held from May 2 at the JNPT Sheva Stadium (for boys) and RCFL Stadium, Chembur (for girls), respectively.
The winner of the tournament in the two categories would be awarded the Shankar Subramaniam Narayan Trophy, the release added.
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