*720 Players from 40 Universities will compete to enter national championship, to be held in West Bengal
*Managing Director, State Bank of Patiala, Mr Achal Kumar Gupta was the Chief Guest *Championship to continue up to 3rd October 2012
Jalandhar: To meet nation’s strong requirement of the best of sportsmen; Lovely Professional University witnessed, today, multihued and vibrant inauguration of AIUs’ North Zone Inter University Football Championship (Men). Being held under the aegis of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, New Delhi; the championship will see 720 Players from 40 Universities competing to further enter national championship, at Vardhman University West Bengal. The Chief Guest, Managing Director, State Bank of Patiala, Mr Achal Kumar Gupta hoisted the sports flag to inaugurate the championship. He was accompanied by Chairman Lovely Group Mr Ramesh Mittal, Vice-chairman Mr Naresh Mittal, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal, Pro Chancellor Ms Rashmi Mittal, Vice Chancellor Dr Ramesh Kanwar, Director General Er HR Singla. The morning ceremony where participating contingents were holding aloft banners and flags of their respective universities, remained one of the main attractions. Maintaining the visible sportsman spirit all around, symbolic balloons and pigeons were also released by Dr. Gurdeep Singh, Under Secretary (Sports), AIU.
Representing their respective University, near 100 Officials, Team Managers have been accompanying the players. 50 Sports experts from Punjab Football Association have also been specially invited as Match commissioner/Referees to maintain true sportsman spirit throughout. The event has been named as ‘Football Fury 2012’ because of such a high level of competition involved.
On this occasion, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal welcomed all the players and officials. He also expressed his happiness by saying: “We are glad to be the third time partner of AIU to host such a mammoth event. This time, through this championship, the grafting of true sportsman spirit within students will certainly make them to excel as leaders of the world. For competing students, this is undoubtedly a high level platform from where many foot-ballers, of national & international eminence, like I M Vijayan, Baichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri have already proved their worth to the world.”
Illustrative, after opening ceremony in the morning hours, the first and opening match of the Championship was held between Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture Technology & Sciences (SHIATS), Allahabad & Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana; where former defeated the latter by 2-0. The last day of the championship, 3rd October 2012, will witness closing ceremony, Showcase Match & Prize Distribution. In between on all the days different tournament matches will be held daily, from 7 am to 6 pm, among all the participating Universities. All Matches will be played as per AIFF rules adopted by AIU New Delhi.