More details have today emerged about the forthcoming ‘Sikh Football Cup’. Details of funding and the opening ceremony were today shared by Khalsa Football Club (Khalsa FC) President Harjit Singh Grewal.
The opening ceremony of the ‘Sikh Football Cup’, dedicated to Guru Nanak Ji’s 550th birth anniversary, will be held at Amritsar on November 23rd. The venue has been confirmed as the Khalsa College. Harjit Singh Grewal went on to say that Sikh Football Cup inter-district tournament would only register Keshdari players from the age of 14 to 21 years will take part.
Khalsa FC went on to inform us that, “the main purpose of the GSSF is to promote popular sports among Sikhs. Other Sikh sports will also be encouraged, in keeping with the highest Sikh principles. This Sikh football cup would be held in all districts of Punjab from 23 November under FIFA rules. Khalsa FC which is affiliated to the Punjab Football Association has conducted selection trials in every district. These trials took place from October 29 to November 2 to select district level Keshdari football teams.
Subsequently, the state-level finals and closing ceremony will be held on December 7 at S.A.S. Nagar. Explaining the aims of the club, football promoter and sports enthusiast Grewal said this unique kind of tournament would also promote Punjabi culture and Sikh identity around the world. In addition, this tournament would also help young boys to overcome drug abuse and return to their sporting activities.
The plan is for players to have a better future and hopefully adopt football as a profession. It was also confirmed that all district Kesdhari teams would get sports kits, jerseys and tracksuits as well as the allowances.
Details of the cash prizes: The winning team will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh. Runners up will take away Rs 3 lakh. Coaches of both teams would also be honoured with the winner & runner up awarded Rs 51,000 and Rs 31,000 respectively.
Grewal went on to say that martial art Gatka teams would also perform at half time. The hope is that the Sikh Football Cup would be organized every year in association with Punjab Sports Department.
Grewal also said that Khalsa FC would serve as a platform for football players so that they could strike cords with the popular football clubs. He informed that a mobile application has also been launched besides Khalsa FC website.