26th GCM kicks off in Clement Town, hosts lose 4-2 to Shimla FC

By Choekyi Lhamo

DHARAMHALA, October 2: The eagerly awaited 26e Gyalyum Chemo Memorial Gold Cup (GCMGC) 2021 kicked off on Friday with the opener played between host Dhondupling FC and Shimla United, the first losing the game 2-4. The Tibetan National Sports Association (TNSA) will lead the 12-day tournament among ten teams from India and Nepal divided into two groups of 5 teams each competing for the coveted cup.

“There are a lot of firsts in this tournament, as you can see the authentic grass field for the matches, the lights of the football field and we have also called in professional I-League referees to oversee all the matches.” , said TNSA executive director Tenzin Rinchen. the press release. The winning team will win a cash prize of Rs.150,000 at the end of the tournament.

Due to the pandemic, the event has been postponed twice from May of last year, but as the danger of the virus still looms, the organizing committee has taken action including daily rapid tests. for all players, the compulsory wearing of the mask and disinfectants at three different entrance gates. “We are taking the appropriate measures to avoid any risk to the players during the tournament. We received negative RT-PCR reports upon arrival and will continue to perform daily rapid tests during the tournament, ”Rinchen told Phayul.

The first match brought together around 500 spectators, including players and assistants. Most of the audience consisting of residents of Clement Town and many residents of the Dehradun area also came to support their respective teams. However, the colony’s working committee did not carry out RT-PCR checks for foreigners before matches despite what the organizers assured a month ago.

The teams were divided into two groups; Group “A” includes Dhondupling FC, Shimla United, Dekyiling United, Sonamling FC (Ladakh) and Marchak FC (Kathmandu), while Group “B” includes DYSA Mundgod, Delhi FC, RTYC Jalandhar, TCB Bir United and Poanta -Puruwala UNI. The live broadcast of the matches will be broadcast on Tibet TV on Facebook.

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