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'19th J&K Police Martyrs Memorial Football Tournament-2023 concludes; FC-1 among men, Kashmir Arrows among women teams emerge Champions'
SPORTS / Tue, Aug 1, 2023 08:25 PM

19th J&K Police Martyrs Memorial Football Tournament-2023 concludes; FC-1 among men, Kashmir Arrows among women teams emerge Champions

Srinagar, 01 August: The 19th J&K Police Martyrs Memorial Football Tournament-2023 organized by Jammu and Kashmir Police under its Civic Action Programme and in collaboration with J&K Football Association, J&K Sports Council concluded today at Synthetic Turf Ground TRC Srinagar with FC-1 among Men teams and Kashmir Arrows among Women teams emerged as tournament champions.


Director General of Police, J&K, Shri Dilbag Singh was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony.


Spl. DsG Shri R. R. Swain, Shri A. K. Choudhary, ADsGP Shri SJM Gillani, Shri M.K Sinha, Shri Sunil Kumar and Shri Alok Kumar, IsGP Shri Nitish Kuamr, Shri B. S Tuti, DsIG Shri Imtiaz Ismail Parray, Shri Shahid Mehraj, Shri Haseeb-Ur-Rehman and Shri Abdul Qayoom, AIsG of PHQ, Kashmir based Commandants of JKAP/IRP battalions, Chairman J&K Football Association Shri Wasim Aslam, General Secretary JKFA Prof. B A Shah, Shri Nazir Ahmad Andrabi, Head Referee Association JKFA Shri Nazir Ahmad Bhat, members of JK Sports Council and other civil, police officers besides a large number of football lovers were present on the occasion.


DGP J&K Shri Dilbag Singh while speaking at the closing ceremony congratulated the winners/runners up men/women teams and said that yet another mega event conducted by Jammu and Kashmir Police has successfully concluded in the peaceful scenario of Jammu and Kashmir. He congratulated the ADGP Armed J&K, his team, JK Football Association, participating teams of men & women for successful conduct of the mega event besides media fraternity for covering the event. He congratulated the participating teams for putting the show not less than a national level event. He hoped that in the future editions of the tournaments more women teams will participate, adding that ADGP Armed will also try to prepare the JK Police Women team.


Paying tribute to the martyrs the DGP said that this tournament started in 1998 in memory of martyr Inspector Mushtaq Ahmad Baba has grown bigger and bigger adding that Jammu and Kashmir Police is organising this event without a break in good & as well as bad times. He said that Jammu and Kashmir Police will continue its endeavour of organizing different events in memory of martyrs and reaffirmed that J&K Police is always there for assistance and support to the families of martyrs.


He said that huge contributions from sports & football lovers have not only kept this martyrs memorial event alive, and their support has contributed in organizing this event with more enthusiasm & energy each year, DGP added. He said that witnessing the level of performance in the final match, all efforts will be made to take this championship to new heights so that its reach will be extended further.


DGP J&K said during these tournaments few good players emerge from different teams as exceptional talent, he requested Jammu Kashmir Football Association to include Jammu and Kashmir Police in their plans and actions to boost the morale of such talented players. He assured that the J&K Police will provide all support and assistance in promoting the talented players.


Stating that it is time to organise different sports events also in those areas which were attached with negativity, DGP said that J&K Police with the support of people, sports lovers & organisers will soon organise sports events in the Sher Khas (Down Town) area of Srinagar which is full of talented youth and sports lovers. Shri Singh said it gives immense pleasure to hear when a tourist visits Sher Khas and speaks about positivity and good things. He expressed gratitude to all those who played a vital role in bringing peaceful changes and appealed to all to come together for strengthening the peace, brotherhood and good atmosphere of Jammu and Kashmir.


Speaking to the media DGP said that militancy is down but has not ended completely adding that there are still those inimical elements who are trying to foment trouble in the UT and JKP is taking strenuous actions against all those involved in anti national elements. Referring to the missing Army Jawan, DGP said that all efforts from Police and other forces are being made to trace the jawan. To another question, DGP said that areas like Downtown are being appreciated by tourists adding that it has talented youth and we will try to provide them platforms. He said that today’s youth of JK are busy in building their careers and focused about their studies & are preparing for competitive exams. He said that the situation in terms of law & order is better and there is hardly any law & order scenario today adding that the situation on terrorist front, anti terrorist operations has been very successful, and the number of active terrorists is at an all time low, he added. He said that tourist flow to all over Jammu & Kashmir is unprecedented. He said that Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra is being conducted smoothly and Muharram processions were allowed after 34 years which were organised smoothly with the cooperation of people. He expressed gratitude to the people for the cooperation. On the narco terrorism front, the DGP said that efforts have yielded very good results stating that around 20 big modules of narco terror were busted during the last and current year adding that most of the modules have been busted and brought to book.


Earlier in his welcome address ADGP Armed J&K Shri SJM Gillani thanked the DGP for gracing the ceremony and briefed about the fixtures and participation of teams in the tournament. While congratulating the winning and runner up teams, Shri Gillani said that this tournament is one of the popular events being organised by the JKP. He said that the participation of 04 women teams for the first time in the tournament is a remarkable achievement. He thanked the participating players, spectators, media persons, and the people for making the event a success besides JK Football Association for their support.


Pertinent to mention that 19th edition of Martyrs Memorial Football Championship 2023 was inaugurated on 24th July. During the championship 46 teams including 04 women teams participated. Six teams who participated in the championship came from outside Kashmir valley.



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