Srinagar : Director General of Police J&K Dilbag Singh declares open the 18th Police Martyrs Memorial Football Tournament at Bakshi Stadium here on Friday.
As many as 40 teams from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir are participating in the tournament.
The tournament organized by Jammu and Kashmir Police in collaboration with J&K Football Association is being organised in memory of those bravehearts of J&K Police who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty for the integrity & sovereignty of the nation.
Director General of Police J&K Shri Dilbag Singh was the chief guest at the inaugural function.
A two minute silence was also observed to pay homage to the J&K Police martyrs.
Speaking on the occasion the DGP said that this championship is being organised in memory of those bravehearts of J&K Police who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, for the integrity & sovereignty of the nation.
“Martyrs never die, they are immortal”, the DGP said, adding that remembering the martyrdom of our personnel is important for the department as well as for the people and organizing different sports activities are aimed to pay our tributes to them.
He said that J&K Police Parivar always stands with the families of martyrs and is running different welfare schemes for their assistance.
The DGP expressed his happiness on witnessing the enthusiasm and energy of the teams participating as well as of the large number of gathering which includes young children who have come from different areas to witness the football tournament despite cold weather conditions.
He said that football is very famous in Kashmir and this game is witnessing an increase of its followers each passing year. “I am overwhelmed to see that the number of participating teams in the championship has reached to 40”, he said, adding that participating teams are from different areas of J&K that is an achievement in itself.
Referring to the Kathua Martyrs T-20 Cricket Tournament, the DGP hoped that in the next year football teams from other States/UTs would participate in the championship adding that playing with different teams will enhance the quality of football here. The DGP then distributed kits including 200 footballs on the occasion.
ADGP Armed J&K SJM Gillani, ADGP Headquarters PHQ M.K Sinha, ADGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar, International players Latief Bhat, Shafi Nari and Rafiq Makdoomi, International Coach Sajjad Yousuf Dar, members of JK Sports Council and other civil, police officers were present on the occasion.