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Manipur Chief Minister unveils the Durand Cup Trophies

Imphal, July 27, 2022

 Manipur Chief Minister unveils the Durand Cup Trophies
: Hon'ble Chief Minister of Manipur, Shri N. Biren Singh and Lt. Gen. K.K. Repswal posing with the three Durand trophies post the unveiling ceremony in Imphal along with other dignitaries and Army personnel Left to right: Major Gen. Navin Sachdeva, Sena Medal, Mr. Govindas Kothoujam, YAS Minister, N. Biren Singh, Chief Minister, Govt. of Manipur, Lt. Gen. Repswal, SM, VSM, SM, VSM, Chief of Staff, Eastern Command and Chairman Durand Organising Committee, Major Gen. Rajan Sharawat, VSM, IGAR (South), Mr. Rajesh Kumar, IAS, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Manipur



Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, an ex-footballer himself unveils the Durand Cup Trophies in Imphal

Shri. N. Biren Singh, Hon. Chief Minister, Manipur, an ex-professional footballer himself, unveiled the three prestigious Durand Cup trophies in the capital Imphal’s City Convention Centre, as the five-city Trophy tour reached the powerhouse footballing state. Manipur is all set to become first-time hosts of the century old tournament, Asia’s oldest, along with Assam, as Imphal’s Khuman Lampak stadium gets set to host 10 groups games of the 131st Durand Cup, from August 18- September 05, 2022. Also present on the historic occasion were Lt. Gen. K. K. Repswal, SM, VSM, Chief of Staff, Eastern Command and Chairman Durand Organising Committee.

The iconic Durand Cup trophies were flagged-off from Kolkata on July 19th and reached Guwahati in Assam on July 21st. After their tour of Manipur, they proceed to Jaipur, Delhi and Goa, before returning to Kolkata, where the Grand Finale is scheduled for September 18, 2022, at the hallowed Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK), also popularly referred to as the Saltlake stadium in local parlance.

Addressing the congregation, Shri. N. Biren Singh, said, “It’s a matter of great pride and privilege for me to be associated with this tournament. In 1981, I was a part of the winning BSF team that played JCT Phagwara in the final of the Durand Cup, defeating them 1-0.”

“At first, I was tense that Manipur would not be able to host the tournament due to lack of infrastructure, but now I am sure that we’ll meet all the requirements and I can assure you that the Durand Cup, which is very close to my heart, will be held here successfully in the future as well. We will make it bigger and better,” the CM said.

Also sharing his thoughts on the occasion Lt. Gen. Repswal, SM, VSM, SM, VSM, Chief of Staff, Eastern Command and Chairman Durand Organising Committee, said, “It is wonderful to be in Manipur, a state that has contributed so much to Indian football. It is no surprise to all of us that the Hon. Chief Minister Shri. Biren Singh himself is a past football professional and we are honoured by his presence here today on this historic occasion for his beloved state. The cooperation from the Manipur Government has been hugely encouraging and exceptional. The support has been overwhelming and has further boosted our spirits in our endeavor to promote and spread the spirit of Durand further East.”

“When I took over at Eastern Command, I decided to take this tournament further into the Northeast. As the CM of Manipur is a part of the BSF team that won the tournament in 1981, we decided Manipur was game. I’m very happy with the interest shown by the State government machinery and I am confident that the tournament won’t move out of the Northeast. We hope to take the tournament to Meghalaya and Manipur in the future.”

The three trophies, the Durand Cup (a rolling trophy and the original prize), the Shimla Trophy (also a rolling trophy and first given by the residents of Shimla in 1904) and the President’s Cup (for permanent keep and first presented by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, India’s first President, in 1956) post the unveiling, were taken to the historic Imphal Polo ground where the game of Polo first originated, escorted by a spectacular 100 bikes rally. From there it proceeded to Leimakhong, a small hill-town and the Divisional headquarters of the Indian Army.

The Durand Cup will be bigger and better this year with 20-top teams of the country, including all 11 teams from the top division Indian Super League (ISL) participating. This is up from 16-teams last year.

There will be a total of 47 games in the 131st Durand Cup edition, with both Guwahati and Imphal hosting 10-games of group C and group D each. All seven knockout games will be held in three venues in West Bengal. The opening pool matches are slated to begin on August 16th at Kolkata’s VYBK, on August 17th at Guwahati’s Indira Gandhi Athletic stadium and August 18th at the Khuman Lampakh stadium with the nationaly popular local derby between Neroca FC and TRAU FC.

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For the latest news and information about The Durand Cup please visit our website www.durandcup.in

About Durand Cup

A symbol of India’s football history and culture, the Durand Cup is Asia’s oldest and the world’s third oldest football tournament, held between 16 top Indian football clubs across divisions. Organized by the Indian Armed Forces, the Durand Cup has been the breeding ground for India’s best footballing talent, over the years.

The inaugural edition happened in Shimla in 1888, when it started off as an Army Cup, open only to the British Indian Army troops in India, but soon opened up to civilian teams. Named after its founder, Sir Mortimer Durand, Foreign Secretary of British India from 1884 to 1894, the iconic tournament reached its 131st edition in 2022. Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have been the most successful teams, winning the tournament 16 times each.


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This Press Release was posted on 28 July 2022

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