CHANDIGARH, OCT 10 :The Chandigarh Football Association, headed by former Union Minister of State, Government of India, Venod Sharma is planning to introduce prize money football tournament for college students. In an informal chat with newsmen here today, Venod Sharma, Congress MLA from Haryana, said that “with a view to providing incentives to the players and promote college level football, the CFA will be organising a prize money tournament for Chandigarh colleges and engineering colleges. A total prize money of Rs one lakh will be at stake.”
Watching the semi-final match between Sacred Heart, Sector 26 and Carmel Convent, Sector 9 in the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Girls Football Championship for Dr Kamesh Bhargava Memorial Trophy being conducted by the CFA at the Sector 17 Football Stadium, Venod Sharma, said “the association has written to all colleges in Chandigarh requesting them to send their entries. Our office-bearers will also visit colleges in this connection. It will be an opportunity for college students to show their skill as they will get an exposure by competing in the inaugural prize money football tournament for colleges.”
“We will slowly build the football base and promote this fascinating sports discipline from the grass root level. The CFA is probably the only state unit of the All India Football Federation which organises tournaments in all age groups,” Sharma and CFA secretary Rakesh Bakshi said.
To keep the CFA updated, Venod Sharma has donated a computer, a fax-copier-scanner machine and printer to the Chandigarh Football Association.