Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma unveils 131st Durand Cup trophy
Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chief Minister, Assam, unveiled the three Durand Cup trophies in a glittering ceremony at Guwahati on 21st July.
Three trophies of the 134-year-old Durand Cup, Asia's oldest football tournament, were unveiled.
The tournament will be held for the first time in Assam's Guwahati from August 17 to September 4.
As part of the trophy tour involving five cities, Guwahati, the venue of 10 Group D games, was chosen as the first stop.
It will see participation of 20 teams from across the country including 11 ISL teams.
The matches of the tournament will be held at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.
Apart from Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati, Khuman Lampak Stadium in Imphal and Kishor Bharati Kridangan in Kolkata in West Bengal and Naihati Stadium in North 24-Parganas district will host the matches.
The three trophies, the Durand Cup (a rolling trophy and the original prize), the Shimla Trophy (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) are on a five-city tour.
It was flagged off from Kolkata on July 19, 2022 and will be the first time the host will leave for Imphal in Manipur after being in Guwahati for two days.
131st Durand Cup
There will be a total of 47 games in this tournament, with both Guwahati and Imphal hosting 10-games of group C and group D each.
All the seven knockout games will be held at three venues in West Bengal.
The inaugural pool matches will begin from 16 August at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Kreerangan (VYBK) Stadium in Kolkata.
The matches will be held on August 17 at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati and on August 18 at the Khuman Lampakh Stadium in Imphal.
The tournament will culminate with the Grand Finale to be held at VYBK on 18 September 2022.
About Durand Cup
The tournament was started in 1888 under the leadership of Sir Henry Durand, a renowned Indian civil servant and Foreign Secretary of India.
It was first held in Shimla.
The most successful teams are East Bengal and Mohun Bagan with 16 wins each.
BSF comes in third place with 7 wins.
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