Chandel: The relaunching and opening ceremony of DC Chandel Trophy Football Tournament, 2021 organized by District Sports Association (DSA) Chandel was held at Mini-Sports Complex, Chandel Christian village on Wednesday. The program was moderated by Ms. Ts. Newry Anal.
Deputy Commissioner Chandel Mayanglambam Rajkumar IAS, Superintendent of Police, Chandel L. Deben Singh MPS, Commandant 18 Assam Rifles Chandel Col. Ajit Khatri, and Commandant 8 BN, Manipur Rifles, Chandel S. Somorjit Singh MPS, attended the opening ceremony program as chief guest, functional president and guest of honour respectively. The grand opening ceremony was also attended by various DLOs, leaders from CSOs, Naga chief association, tribe leaders, village chief, host village, pastors, artiste-Cadence, media Ethar Erur and team members of Royal Riders Chandel.
In his welcome and introductory speech, Vice President DSA Chandel, Hl. Lovingson Anal welcomed all the VIPs, special invitees, guest and members who attended the opening ceremony.
President, District Sports Association Chandel Ts. Chamna Anal in his speech appreciated the present deputy commissioner of Chandel M. Rajkumar and all the DLOs for their kind support and cooperation to revive the DC Trophy in 2021 after years of defunct period since 2005. The tournament is believed to give future prospect to the youths of Chandel in coming years. Special appreciation was also extended to SP Chandel and team, 18 AR team, 8 BN MR team for providing human resource and other technical supports during the mass social service conducted at Mini-Sports Complex for the said tournament few weeks ago. He also acknowledged the support from host Chandel Christian village, youth clubs leaders under DSA Chandel, referees and all well-wishers for their kind support.
Col Ajit Khatri in his short speech emphasized that he is honoured to be part of this auspicious football event in the district. He is from Haryana, a state that has produced many famous sportsperson in India, and now deputed in another sport loving state Manipur known for sports in India and beyond is a delight. Any help, “we are ready to extend our support” he mentioned.
S. Somorjit appreciated DSA Chandel for taking a bold step to push football to a higher level. Sport is important from education and discipline in particular. He encouraged the youths to convert football from playing with passion to professional goals. Make it professional and attempt to climb the ladder with discipline and commitment, he reiterated. Will be happy to share 8 MR Ground Leikun if need be by DSA, Chandel, he concluded.
Mayanglambam Rajkumar in his speech as chief guest mentioned that “All games and sports are beautiful thing”. He appreciated DSA Chandel for taking up the initiative to revive and relaunch DC Trophy in 2021. Games and sports bring out the true spirit of competition. He encouraged the organizers and the participating teams “to make the event more eventful in a true competitive spirit”. The image of true sportsperson is very important in life. Hard work and clean effort is very important for any true sportsperson. The world has seen the good and ugly side of sports. The best is to remain clean and work with sincerity and true sportsman spirit.
The friendly football cum exhibition match kicked off between DC XI and DSA XI opened by baby Xaviera Huten ended on a draw 1-1. The goals were scored by Pastor Zoramthang Chothe for DSA XI and Shankerjit Loitongbam Addl SP for DC XI. The opening ceremony match between Chandonpokpi YFC and Hnatham SC went in favour of Chandonpokpi YFC defeating Hnatham SC by 3-1. The goals were scored by Th. Phalin (42 minute), Kh. Obed (49) and Th. Thaodien (54) for Chandonpokpi while Moliver (82 minute) scored for Hnatham. Interestingly, the opening ceremony match was officiated by ladies including the main referee and fourth officials. They were Chemchem Serto assisted by Rd. Hringning, Sr. Ningnihring and Eliya Kangten. Altogether 42 teams are participating in the football trophy.