Saturday, November 8, 2014

Football veterans to battle again

Football lovers are being served a rare treat later this month with the State’s oldest football club organising a tournament exclusively for teams made up of soccer veterans from the region. The tourney has already spread much excitement among the veterans and the response to the call for registration was so enthusiastic that the organisers have closed entries even though there is still a fortnight to go before the inaugural kick-off!
Dzongri Sporting Club is organising the D’zongri Veterans Football Tournament in the memory of three of its stalwarts who passed away in recent years - Pintso Lepcha, Nim Tshering Bhutia and Gyaltsen Lepcha. The tournament is scheduled to be played Paljor Stadium, Gangtok, from 23 November to 01 December.
A total of 19 teams from Sikkim and the neighbouring hills will be participating in this nine-day football festival. This tournament will provide football aficionados here with a chance to watch famous football veterans from Sikkim and the neighbouring areas battle on the football ground once again.
The tournament will feature 14 local teams [from different parts of Sikkim] and five teams from Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Pedong and Dagapur.
D’zongri Sporting Club was established in year 1980 and is one of an oldest and more respected sporting clubs of the state. It has produced many footballers who have excelled at the national level for the state, and continues to work with budding footballers. The latest tournament is an indulgence it is allowing itself to celebrate the football veterans of the region and allowing the more consistent fans of past years to relive some of their memories of the sport.
As the organisers share, an important objective of the tournament is to bring some sporting excitement back in the lives of veterans who had thrilled fans with their skills during their prime. Confident that the tournament will attract spectators as effectively as it drew entries, D’zongri Sporting Club has announced plans to make the tournament an annual event.

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