First-ever night football tournament held in Srinagar
Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), Sep 09 (ANI): Srinagar experienced its first-ever night football tournament ‘Chinar Cup’ at Delhi Public School (DPS), in association with the Army Public School. The event has been organised in a bid to provide a proper platform to the youth of the Valley to showcase their talent and build a career in sports. Speaking at the event, General Officer Commanding (GoC) 15 Corps, Lieutenant General AK Bhatt said, “I hope real Kashmir is represented by more and more young men from the Valley. The best thing to engage our youth in positive activity would be sports. Sports, apart from diverting your energy to the right things, teaches you all the right values in life.” The football tournament has attracted a large number of people, especially students. The players too, see this as a great opportunity. The locals also appreciated the efforts of the organisers and hoped to have more such events. Coach, David Robinson, also heaped praises for the organisers, and said, “It’s a huge step, and it promotes football in the state. Till now, there have been only two Kashmiri’s who went to play high-level football, which is a shame because there is definitely much more talent and potential here.” The tournament has a total of 16 teams, divided into two groups. Two knockout matches would be played every day till the final match, scheduled for September 16.