To encourage students to take up football as a profession, the Central Armed Police Forces or the CRPF, have announced a nationwide under-19 football tournament. The tournament would be organised in three phases and would begin on May 1.
The tournament would be held for 3 months and carries a cash prize of 20 lakhs. A whopping 1200 matches would be played in total, with the final on 25th July in Delhi.
The tournament, named “Oorja” is aimed at popularising the sport in the country before the much awaited Under-17 Fifa World Cup.
On Saturday, the logo and mascot, Gabru, was unveiled before CAPF personnel, select former and current sportspersons in the Capital by home minister Rajnath Singh. Union minister of state, home affairs, Kiren Rijiju and sports minister Vijay Goel were also present for the event. Former India football skipper Bhaichung Bhutia, five-time World Champion Mary Kom, Olympic double medallist Sushil Singh, Kapil Dev, also the brand ambassador of the tournament and former India footballer IM Vijayan were among the members from the sporting fraternity.
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India have been on a good run of form in International football, and have been on an upward spiral in the rankings as they climbed to the 101st spot, their highest in 2 decades. That, along with the World Cup has prompted the Government and people to take notice of the game. Let us hope football becomes as popular as cricket in the country.