Football meet to mark Nivedita's 150th birth anniversary
Kolkata: Commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Sister Nivedita, a football tournament between schools of Ramakrishna Mission in Bengal was organised at the playground of Belur Math Vidyamandir in which 16 teams participated.
The initiative was taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
The final match between Ramakrishna Mission Boys' Home High School, Rahara, and Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandir (ERMS), Jhargram, was held on Saturday.
Swami Gautamananda, vice-president, Swami Suvirananda, general secretary and Swami Balabhadrananda, assistant general secretary of Ramakrishna Math and Mission and Howrah's MP Prasun Banerjee were present during the football match in which both the teams scored one goal each till the first half. Ramakrishna Mission Boys' Home High School, Rahara, became the winner of the tournament defeating Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandir (ERMS), Jhargram, in a tiebreaker.
With the Chief Minister's inspiration and serious efforts of the MP, the tournament was organised in which the 16 teams played since May 20 to qualify for the final.
It may be mentioned that football in Bengal has received a new lease of life with several initiatives taken up by the Mamata Banerjee government in the past seven years. From providing financial assistance to clubs, a large section of which is involved in providing football training, to the creation of necessary infrastructure to encourage sports activities have helped in creating a wider platform for football players and athletes. The state government has even distributed Joyee footballs.
Prasun Banerjee said: "There will be efforts to organise a college-level football tournament in September and the all-India level one will be held in winter."