30 th Shaheed Durgamal-Dalbahadur all India Gold cup football from 29 th April at Dharamshala,

Apr 27, 2018 16:55 | Education&Sports

Dharamsala (Arvind Sharma )

This year only 8 teams shall participate in the 30th All India Shaheed Dal Bahadur Durgamal Mal Gold Cup football ( AIDDGC) tournament. The tournament shall be played at Police Stadium Dharamshala from 29 th April to 3 rd of May 2018 . Secretary of the organising committee AIDDGC, R S Rana said,” The tournament shall be played on league bases from this year to give more matches and opportunities to each participating team.” He said that earlier the tournament was played on the knock out bases.

Rana said that Major General V S Ranadey , Div Commander 39 th Mountain div shall inaugurate the championship on 29 th and  Kishan Kapoor, Food, Civil supplies & Consumer Affairs minister Himachal Pradesh shall be the chief guest of the closing ceremony on 3 rd May.

 “The organising committee shall also honour two Padam Shree awardees of this year Dr Yeshi Dhondan and  Dr Vikram Chand Thakur (both resident of Dharamshala). We will also hour ms Seema of himachal who holds the long distance runners record along with her coach K S Patial of SAI Dharamshala on the final day,” added Rana.

He said that IOC, ONGC and BPKF(B. P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation) are the sponsors of the 30th All India Shaheed Dal Bahadur Durgamal Mal Gold Cup football.

Dr. Virender Parmar president of organising committee said, “ Beside Gold cup a cash prize of rs 51000 shall be given to the winner and runners up team will be awarded by a cash prize of 31000. Best Goal keeper, Player of the tournament shall also be awarded and a fair play trophy shall also be given. ”

This tournament is organized to commemorate the memory of two great Martyrs Major Durga Mal and Captain Dal Bahadur who laid down their lives for our beloved motherland. Both the brave soldiers hailed from Gorkha community of Dharamshala and were enrolled in 2/1 Gorkha Rifles. Later they joined Indian National Army in 1942 raised by Netaji Subhash Chander Bose, when the Second World War was at its peak . Major Durga Mal was captured by the British troops on 27th March,1944 and  was sent to gallows on 25th August 1944 at the Red Fort,Delhi when he was barley 31 years of age.