Harpal Singh Bedi
New Delhi: A record 113 teams including 16 international teams will be vying for the top honours in the Sub Junior Boys (U-14), Junior (U-17) Boys & Girls categories in the Diamond Jubilee Edition of the Subroto Cup International Football Tournament set to kick-off in the National Capital from 20th August.
At the launch function here, Air Marshall PP Bapat Vice Chairman, Subroto Mukherjee Sports Education Society (SMSES) said the winners, apart from the Cup, will also earn cash prize of INR 2,50,000 for the Sub-Junior Boys while a cash prize of INR 3,50,000 each will be awarded to the Junior Boys & Girls. The Runner-Up in the Sub-Junior boys category walk away with a cash prize of INR 1,25,000 while the Junior Boys & Girls would earn a total of INR 2,00,000.
“It’s a momentous occasion for us to host the 60th Edition of the Subroto Cup International Football Tournament-Asia’s largest youth football tournament -. We at the Indian Air Force have always strongly believed in sports as a critical factor to usher in human development and today this needs no proof.” Air Marshal Bapat said
“Football is undoubtedly the world’s favourite sport and the love for it is similar amongst us airmen as well. Hence hosting the tournament for the last 59 years has been a matter of pride for us. With the years the number of participating teams from India and abroad has seen a steady rise and that only speaks for the popularity of the tournament across the globe.”
“I am happy to be told that the Subroto Cup International Football Tournament this year will also see participation from 16 international teams – the highest ever in the tournament’s history. I wish all the participating teams all the very best and hope to see the best team emerge victorious.”
Former Captain of Indian Women’s Senior National Team Dalima Chibber, said, “ Subroto Cup’s status as a prestigious football tournament needs no further gratification and I feel glad to see that Subroto Cup over the years has only grown in stature and respect. With emphasis on the growth of Indian Football which is on the rise and the U17 Women’s World Cup scheduled next year,it’s very important for us to have tournaments attracting the youth.
“It’s these platforms which are the breeding ground for future stars and Indian football needs youngsters who can contribute positively to the game. I am sure like in the past, Subroto Cup will help in spotting some bright stars of the future this year as well.”
Champion teams in the U-14 boys, U-17 boys & Girls category from each state and Union Territory of India along with institutional teams, international teams and clubs fight it out at the Subroto Cup International Football Tournament for the winners’ prize.
New Wellington Camp Ground, Race Course Road, Subroto Park Football Ground & Harbaksh Stadium at Delhi Cantonment, Football Stadium at East Vinod Nagar in Patparganj, IP Extension and GD Goenka International School, Gurgaon will host the round robin games. Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi will play host to the knock out games including the semi-finals