Football Tournament, Jalpaiguri, May 2018

Like previous year, Inter Club Knockout Football Tournament was held in the Jalpaiguri Young Cultural Club (JYCC) club ground from 6th May to 13th May, 2018 to mark the 125th Anniversary of Historic Chicago Address of Swami Vivekananda with the assistance of Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama , Jalpaiguri. Eight football teams of Jalpaiguri town including Oodlabari Rising Football academy and East Bengal Football Academy (North Bengal) participated in the tournament, where sports loving people of Jalpaiguri town witnessed the tournament matches.

Monastics, local people, devotees and students, sports personalities like Sri Suhrid Mandal (Vice President, DSA), Sri Sachib Kumar Dutta (Secretary, DSA), Sri Santu Chatterjee (Secretary, Jalpaiguri District Veteran Sports Association, DOPE & YW, Jalpaiguri), Representative of DYO, Jalpaiguri including a good number of present and past district and state footballers were present. Sri Biplab Majumder, Former National footballer also attended the ceremony.

On the final day, Dignitaries of DSA, Mojammel Hossain, Former National Football Player of Bangladesh, a good number of sports personalities and Sports Lovers of the region were also present on the final day of the tournament.

Final match was played between Haldibari Football Academy, Haldibari, Coochbehar and Friends Union Club, Jalpaiguri on 13th may, 2018 . It was a well contested game. The game continued in Tie-Breaker situation as the match ended in scheduled time with two goals each from both the team. Finally, the well contested game ended in tiebreaker and Haldibari Football academy won the match by 3 – 2.

On the final day, Books and mementos depicting Swamiji’s photo were given to the winning team, runners up team, support staff and special guests, by monks and dignitaries present there.

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