Imphal: Chief Minister of Manipur N Biren Singh unveiled on Wednesday the trophies for the 131st edition of the Durand Cup 2022 at the City Convention Center in Imphal and called on the people of the state to come out and enjoy the matches and the players and organizers of the Cup which the Cup to the state to show the sports talents of the state.
Imphal will host 10 group matches of the Durand Cup, the oldest football tournament in Asia, for the first time, from August 18 to September 5, 2022.
The 131st edition of the Cup will be played in three states: Manipur, Assam and West Bengal. In what is also a historic moment for the state, all three Durand trophies, the President’s Cup, the Durand Cup and the Shimla trophy reached Imphal and were unveiled by CM Biren Singh at the ceremony.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, CM Biren said that it is indeed a matter of great pride and privilege to attend the monumental event of the trophy unveiling ceremony for the 131st edition of the Durand Cup, 2022. He thanked the Indian Army and the organizers of the Cup for bringing the iconic tournament to the “Football passionate state of Manipur.”
“I wish the 131st edition of Durand Cup 2022 all the best and I assure all the support to make the tournament bigger and better than the previous years,” he said, further wishing the participating teams.
He said Manipur is one of the states that produces the highest number of Indian Super League players.
CM stated that he had himself play in the tournament as a left defender for BSF in the 1981 edition in which his team won the trophy at Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi. .
CM wished every success to the tournament and also appreciated YAS Minister Govindas Konthoujam and his team for their efforts.
The Prime Minister also informed us that 10 league matches will be played in Imphal.
The unveiling ceremony was also attended by Minister for Youth and Sports, Govindas Konthoujam, Chief Secretary Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Lieutenant General KK Repswal, Eastern Command Chief of Staff and Chairman of the Durand Organizing Committee, Major General Navin Sachdeva, Major General Sharawat, IGAR (South), Lieutenant General (Retd) K Himalaya Singh, distinguished guests from the military and state administration, Padma Shri and Arjuna Awardee Footballer O Bembem, Padma Shri Awardee Rewben Mashangva, Former Indian National Player P Renedy Singh among others.
The 131st edition of the Durand Cup will be played in five venues: Khuman Lampak Stadium (Imphal), Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium (Guwahati) and Naihati Stadium (Naihati), Kishore Bharati Krirangan and Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Kolkata). A total of 20 teams will play, including defending champion FC Goa and last year’s runner-up Mohammedan Sporting, 11 teams from Indian Super League, four Services teams, NEROA FC, TRAU FC, SUDEVA FC from Delhi and Rajasthan United FC. edition of the Durand Cup.
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