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European flavour to spice up Subroto Cup

New Delhi: Sports is the flavour of the season! Subroto Cup 2012 will see two European teams — FC Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) and Cardinal Heenan College (UK) — vying for honours along with their Indian counterparts in under-17 category. The 53rd edition of the premier inter-school football tournament kicks off on September 3.

European flavour to spice up Subroto Cup

Being one of the oldest football tournaments in the country, this edition will see 78 teams in various age groups, playing 125 matches in a span of two months. The tournament, which began in 1960, got a huge boost this year with corporate sponsorship for the first time. Samsung, Adidas and Yamaha are some of the big patrons of this year.For the first time, the tournament will also have an inter-school girl’s competition, where 17 school teams — including a team from Afghanistan — will vie for the title”So far teams from Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and other South Asian countries have taken part in the Subroto Cup. These teams received tremendous support from football lovers and we felt that it was the right time to bring in teams from Europe,” said Air Marshal J N Burma during the launch of Subroto Cup 2012 in New Delhi.This year, the winners of the under-14 boys, under-17 girls and under-17 boys will be awarded Rs 2 lakh, Rs 2 lakh and Rs 3 lakh respectively. The runners-up will get Rs 1 lakh, 1 lakh and 1.5 lakh respectively.Besides, 25 outstanding players from each category will be awarded with a one-time scholarship of Rs 20,000 for junior boys and Rs 10,000 for sub-junior boys. From this year, 25 outstanding under-17 girls will also receive a scholarship of Rs 10,000. Agencies

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