The final match between J&K Police and J&K Bank, watched by a large number of spectators, was a gripping finale that ended in a goalless draw in stipulated time. However, in the penalty shootout, J&K Police pipped J&K Bank by a 5-4 margin to lift the trophy.
The nine-day tournament, organized by All J&K Christian Welfare Association was played at Mini Stadium, Parade in which a total of 16 teams participated.
Speaking before the prize-distribution ceremony, The Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora, today awarded the 3rd Christmas Football Gold Cup to J&K Police. The runner up team was also awarded by the Minister.
Jora appreciated the role of All J&K Christian Association for organizing the football tournament. He said such tournaments not only provide an opportunity to explore the hidden talent of the youth but also provide them a launching pad to excel on national and international level. He said that our youth have wealth of talent that needs to be properly tapped and groomed in a right manner.
Underscoring the need for upgradation of sports infrastructure in the State, the Minister said that a lot has been done by previous government, however, there is need to make further improvement on this front so that our youth get ample opportunity to enhance their skills. He said the Government would take all necessary measures to promote the sporting activities in the State.
Mr. Jora said physical education was a must for the students, as it enables them to compete at various levels, in some cases even at international level. He called upon the authorities of Youth Services and Sports to activate themselves and identify the rich sporting talent so that our State emerges at the forefront of sporting activities.
A large number of sports-loving people witnessed the final match. During the interval, a cultural variety show was also presented by schoolchildren, which enthralled the spectators.