IMPHAL, Oct 31
Another season of the most coveted football tournament cum cultural event for the North-East community in Delhi, the 13th NEC Tamchon Football Tournament 2019 kicked off on Saturday (October 26, 2019) at Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi. The inaugural event was graced by Dr Lorho S Pfoze, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, as the chief guest in the presence of Suakzathang Nunthuk (IRS) as guest of honour; Losi Dikho, PHED Minister and Khashim Vashum, MLA as special guests.
The tournament is being held under the theme ‘Unity, Friendship, Understanding and Sportsmanship’. Since 2007, the Tangkhul Naga Society Delhi (TNSD) curated the event with the ultimate intension to foster unity in diversity by obliterating the barriers of insularity and exclusivism, said a press release of TNSD.
The event was also sponsored by NEC Ministry of DoNER, COSCO, Oil India Limited, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, GOI and Ministry of Home Affairs.
The event witnessed many talented performances by vocal artists; vibrant Khasi War Dance by Ki Samla Khasi Ha Nongbah group and Nocte traditional dance from Arunachal Pradesh.
Overall 16 teams will be competing in the 15 days long tournament for the highly sought-after trophy "The Tamchon". The winners will be offered Rs 6 lakh while the runners up and third place teams will be awarded Rs 3 and 2 lakh respectively.
The opening match of the tournament was played between SSPP vs Muvanlai Athletics wherein SSPP won 2-0, the release added.