JAMMU, FEB 11: Border Security Force (BSF) today emerged champion beating equally good Punjab Police 4-3 via tie-breaker in the 66th BN Mullick Memorial All India Police Football Championship hosted by Jammu and Kashmir Police at University of Jammu (JU) grounds, here.
Earlier, in the stipulated time the match ended in a goalless draw. It was followed by extra time which too could not yield any results thus forcing the organisers to apply tie-breaker rules to decide the fate of the all important game of this 11-day long national event.
In the tie-breaker, though BSF missed their first attempt on the net, yet fought with high spirit and were successful in rest of the four penalties. It was Bunty Singh, who could not convert his kick into goal while Kamal, Gurpreet, Vishal and Mohd Asif successfully netted the ball.
From Punjab Police, Sarabjeet Singh and Gurtej Singh failed in their attempts on the net while Jatinder Singh, Harshdeep and Amandeep managed to beat the guard at the net. The final besides others was witnessed by Special Director General of Police (DG), Headquarters (PHQ), V K Singh.
At the end of this national event held under the banner of All India Police Sports Control Board (AIPSCB), Rajbir Singh of Punjab Police emerged as most successful player with six goals to his credit. Laliakhlu of Mizoram Police remained in limelight for the lone hat trick of the competition.
In all, 274 goals were scored in 84 matches, including 68 in the league round. A record 15 Red Cards and 128 Yellow cards were shown to the players as punishment.
The Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh lauded the services of security forces and police in effectively dealing with different challenges and defending the country. He was addressing the closing ceremony of 66th B N Mullick Memorial All India Police Football Championship here at Gulshan Grounds today. The function began with a colourful march past of 37 participating teams led by dare and devil team of Jammu and Kashmir Police.
The Deputy Chief Minister while thanking the players and officials from different parts of the country said that their presence in the playing field together was a notable example of unity in diversity.
While paying tributes to B N Mullick, Dr Singh said that he served the people when the country was going through a transitional phase.
Later, Dr Singh and other dignitaries distributed trophies and mementoes among the participating teams and the officials and also released the souvenir of the championship.
The 11-day football tournament saw a total of 84 matches played by players of 37 teams and 120 officials from all over the country.
Director General of Police, Dr S.P Vaid, in his welcome address, lauded the efforts of the organizing committee for making elaborate arrangements for the teams and the staff.
Highlighting the achievements of J&K Police the DGP said that 19th All India Band competition will be held in Srinagar this year in September. He said that J&K Police had been promoting sports in the state and was organizing various national and state level tournaments. He announced that J&K police will welcome a helping hand to those outstanding sportspersons of state, who need any assistance in shape of exposure and advance training outside the State.
Dr A.K Verma, Additional Director I.B, ADGP Armed A.K Choudhary, Chairperson PWWA, representative from All India Police Sports Control Board, senior police officials and other concerned were also present on the occasion.