Football Is a Popular Game in Rural India: Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee being introduced to the players of football teams at the inauguration of the 7th edition of KKM Memorial Gold Cup-Rural Football Tournament 2017, at Mackenzie Park Football Ground, Murshidabad, in West Bengal on July 14, 2017
Pranab Mukherjee being introduced to the players of football teams at the inauguration of the 7th edition of KKM Memorial Gold Cup-Rural Football Tournament 2017, at Mackenzie Park Football Ground, Murshidabad, in West Bengal on July 14, 2017

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, inaugurated the 7th Edition of Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee Rural Football Tournament at Mackenzie Park Football Ground in Murshidabad district of West Bengal on Friday.

The President witnessed an exhibition match between Mohun Bagan U-19 and Kingfisher East Bengal U-19. Mohun Bagan won the match by 1-0. The President greeted the players of both the teams and presented awards.

Speaking after the match, the President said that football is a popular game in the country particularly in rural areas. He emphasized that football matches at local levels must be held regularly to find talented players.

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There are football grounds in every village and players are very enthusiastic to play the game of football. Therefore, we must pay attention to promote it so that our players can move forward to find a place at the national level.

Among those present on the occasion were Abhijit Mukherjee, MP (Lok Sabha) and President, Organizing Committee, KKM Gold Cup Rural Football; Srenik Sett, Chairman, All Sports Foundation; and Members of Legislative Assembly of West Bengal Abu Hena, Asish Marjit, Akhruzzaman, and Samar Mukherjee.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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