Chief Minister Himanata Biswa Sarma unveiled the three Durand Cup trophies, namely Durand Cup, Shimla Trophy and President’s Cup, at Guwahati today.
The Chief Minister termed the holding of the matches for the tournament in Assam a historic event for the people of the state. The Chief Minister, lauding the armed forces for being patrons to the tournament, stated that the 131st edition of the Durand Cup is special in the sense that 20 teams, including 11 from the Indian Super League, will be participants.
Stating that football isn’t just a game but an emotion for the people of Assam, Sarma said that the government has been nurturing talents so that the country become a sporting superpower in days to come. He further stated that all efforts are on to revive the glories of tournaments such as Bordoloi Trophy in the state.
Speaking on steps taken by the government of Assam for growth of sporting culture in the state, Sarma elaborated on measures such as construction of new stadiums, coaching camps, employment opportunities for sportspersons, sports pension, etc.