• Fri. Jul 19th, 2024


Indian Army kickstarts preparations for the launch of 133rd edition of Durand Cup at Kokrajhar .

Lieutenant General RC Srikanth, GOC – In – C , headquarter Eastern Command interacted with Pramod Boro, Chief Executive Member of the Bodoland Territorial Council at Rangiya Military Station and discussed about the ongoing preparations for the launch of electrifying football season.

A symbol of India’s football history and culture, the Durand Cup is Asia’s oldest and the world’s third oldest football tournament. Organized by the Indian Army on behalf of the three Services, the Durand Cup has been the breeding ground for India’s best footballing talent, over the years.

The inaugural edition happened in Shimla in 1888 and then the tournament moved to New Delhi in 1940, where it was held till 2016. In 2019, the tournament came under the aegis of the Eastern Command and moved to the eastern part of the country, with Kolkata, the Mecca of Indian football and the Eastern Command Headquarters, being the home base. What makes the Durand Cup even more unique is that the winners get three trophies, two rotating (Durand Cup and Shimla Trophy) and one for permanent keep (President’s Cup).

(Source: ADGPI – Indian Army)

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