Srinagar – The 42nd All India Inter Zone Football Tournament (AIIZFT) gets underway here at Pologround on Thursday.
The tournament has been organized by Food Corporation of India (FCI) in collaboration with Regional Sports Committee of Jammu and Kashmir state.
Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Transport Qamar Ali Akhoon kicked-off the tournament.
Speaking on the occasion, Akhoon said youth was the future of every nation. They must shoulder the responsibilities in shaping the destiny of the country, he added.
He said that promotion of sports was a key agenda of the coalition government in the state.
He said the government was keen to imbibe sportsmanship in the state youth. Various sports activities are gaining momentum and the state youth are participating in major events, he said.
Akhoon said that sports events are conducted in all three regions of state. Chief Ministers Polo Cup was played in Drass and Ice-hockey in Leh besides two major football matches played between famous football teams of the country, Muhammadan Sports Club and Mohan Baghan Sports Club of Kolkotta with JK-Football 11 were played in Srinagar recently, he said.
Addressing the gathering Secretary, Zonal Sports Promotion Committee, New Delhi, M. Akther said that football tournament would be played from 20th to 24 September at Pologround, Srinagar, on league and knock out basis. Six teams from all over the country are participating, he added.
Executive President and Chairman Sports J and K Bank Tafazul Hussain, ADGP K. Rajindra, Director CA and PD Mir Mushtaq Ahmad, Ex-DG YSS Nazir Ahmad Khan besides others were present on the occasion.
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