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Durand Cup Trophies Arrive in Guwahati for City Tour
Guwahati: The Durand Cup Trophies were unveiled today at a grand ceremony in Guwahati, marking the beginning of their three-day tour of the city. Nandita Gorlosa, Minister of Sports and Youth Welfare, Government of Assam, graced the event as the chief guest, along with Lt. Gen. R.P. Kalita, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command, and other esteemed dignitaries and members of the press.
The 132nd Edition of the renowned Durand Cup football tournament, organized by the Indian Army on behalf of the three Services, is the only cup tournament in the country that brings together Service Teams and top teams from various divisions of Indian football. The tournament is set to kick off on August 3, 2023, in Puducherry, with Guwahati hosting nine matches, including an exciting North-East derby between local side North-East United FC (NEUFC) and debutants Shillong Lajong, scheduled as the first game on the evening of August 4, 2023. All matches, including a quarter-final knockout game, will be played at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium. The finals are scheduled for September 3, 2023, in Kolkata. This will be the second consecutive year that Guwahati will host the Durand Cup.
During the unveiling ceremony, Nandita Gorlosa expressed her delight at the opportunity for Assam’s young and talented footballers to witness their favorite teams and stars playing in front of them.
Lt. Gen. Kalita also addressed the gathering, highlighting the rich tradition of the Durand Cup and its long-standing association with the Indian Armed Forces.
The Durand Cup comprises three unique trophies: the Durand Cup (a rolling trophy and the original prize), the Shimla Trophy (also a rolling trophy and first given by the resident of Shimla in 1904), and the President’s Cup (a permanent keep and first presented by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, India’s first President, in 1956).
The Trophies will embark on their Tour of Guwahati on July 15, 2023, visiting prominent landmarks such as Royal Global University, the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati Town Club, Maa Kamakhya Temple, Govindam Sweet, Dr. D. Baruah College, and Roodraksh Mall, among others. They will also be on public display at the State War Memorial on July 15th, the City Centre Mall on July 16th, and Cotton College and IOCL on July 17th, 2023.
This year, the Durand Cup will feature 24 teams, including all 12 Indian Super League (ISL) sides, making it the first time in 27 years that foreign teams from neighboring countries like Bangladesh and Nepal will participate in the tournament.
The tour, which began in Delhi on June 30, 2023, and has already covered cities like Dehradun, Udhampur, Jaipur, Pune, Mumbai, Karwar, Ezhimala, and Kochi, will continue to Bengaluru, Kokrajhar, Shillong, Kathmandu, Dhaka, and finally culminate in Kolkata, the venue for the finals.