KU, GMC Srinagar start campaign on winning note

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Srinagar—”Khelo Sehat Ke Liye (Play for Health)” football tournament began Wednesday at four different venues across Kashmir, a statement from the organisers said. As many as six matches were playing on the opening day of the tournament which is being organised by health department and J&K State Sports Council in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir Football Association.

 Two matches were played at two different venues of Srinagar. In the first match, P.G Department Kashmir University team defeated Amar Singh College by a solitary goal. Hanan was the scorer for the winning team. In the second match Government Medical College, Srinagar team defeated Degree College Budgam 2-0. Rayees Mir scored both the goals for the winning team.

Two matches were also played at Bandipora. In the first match Government Physical College Ganderbal team defeated Degree College Sumbal 4-1 while in  the second match Degree College Ganderbal crushed Degree College Beerwah 8-0.

In Anantnag, Degree College Pulwma defeated Degree College Dooru 4-0 while in second match Degree College Kulgam defeated Degree College Shopian 4-1 .

In Baramulla Degree College Sopore defeated Degree College Kupwara 2-0. Kamran was the scorer for the winning team. In the second match Degree College Baramulla defeated Degree College Magam in a tie breaker by 4-3.

The event was inaugurated by the Minister for Health and Medical Education Bali Baghat and Minister for Youth Services and Sports, Molvi Imran Raza Ansari on August 30 and formally commenced from today at four different venues across Kashmir.The matches in Jammu division are expected to start next week in Jammu, Poonch, Rajour, Kathua and Udhampur.

Teams from Government Degree Colleges, Medical Colleges and Dental Colleges are participating in the state level event which is being organised by the Health and Medical Education Department in association with the J&K Sports Council on knock-out basis.

The arrangements for the tournament have been made by the J&K Football Association in collaboration with Department of Health and Medical Education, Department of Higher Education, J&K Sports Council, National Health Mission and J&K State AIDS Control Society. The slogan of the tournament is “Khelo Sehat Ke Liye (Play for Health)”

The event has been organised with an aim to devise a long term strategy to hold regular sports events in future for the benefit of the doctors, medical students and those of other educational institutions. The football players who are participating in this tournament have hailed this step taken by the government.

The winning, runner-up and the third runner-up teams will get cash prizes besides trophies. The semifinals and the final of the event are scheduled to be played at TRC Synthetic Turf Football Stadium in Srinagar.

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