After 26 years,Indoor Stadium to host Football match today


Srinagar, Dec 14: With an aim to make Football all-weather sport, the J&K Football Association (JKFA) is all set to revive the indoor Football in the Valley by organizing the final match of Under-12 Inter-Academy Football tournament at Sheri-Kashmir Indoor Complex here on Saturday.
 It will be after 26 years that any kind of Football match would be held at Indoor Complex that can house up to 2500 spectators. Last time it was during inauguration of the stadium in 1986 that Football match was played inside the stadium. The stadium has also hosted handball match between India-XI and JK-XI.
 The General Secretary, J&K Football Association, SA Hameed, who was handling organizing affairs during 1986 inauguration of stadium, said, “It will be after 26 years that any kind of football game would be played inside the Stadium. As the weather has started to turn wet in Valley we at JKFA have come up with idea of organizing the final of Under-12 Seven-A-Side Inter-Academy tournament in stadium.”
 “We are sure that the event will turn out as groundbreaking in the football circles of the Valley and will pave for more such matches in future,” he added.
 Recalling the historic event of 1986, SA Hameed said, “It was the occasion of inaugurating state of the art multi-facility Indoor Complex. The J&K State Sports Council had arranged Handball and Football matches to be played inside the stadium. The stadium was inaugurated by then Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah in front of thousands of spectators.”
 “It was first time that football was organized in indoors in the State,” he said.
 When asked whether Indoor Stadium is feasible to host such matches, he said, “It will be Seven-A-Side match and would not be played with regular football shoes. For Seven-A-Side and Five-A-Side type of matches Indoor stadium is perfect place.”
 “The matches would have continued to be held in the stadium but the situation in Valley in 1989 took different turn and there was no possibility of organizing such events,” he said.
 On Saturday the final would be played between Polo Ground Academy and Kralpora Academy. Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Baseer Ahmad Khan would be chief guest. On the occasion prize distribution of Coca Cola Inter-School football tournament would also be held.
 Meanwhile sports fraternity of Valley has hailed JKFA initiative and has hoped that exercises will be permanent one in future.
 “I am witness to the match and it was great experience. In my opinion JKFA has taken good initiative and should be hailed for it. I have a suggestion for them that they should make use of facility as training centre for youngsters during winter rather than tournaments. JKFA can use indoor stadium for whole winter for training youngsters but at the same time should be cautious that the floor is not damaged,” former general secretary of JKFA Bashir Ahmad Malik said.
 Organizing Secretary, J&K State Sports Development Association, Reyaz Wani said, “We were planning to organize Indoor football event this winter. We are happy to see that JKFA taking the initiative and it will turn out as groundbreaking event for the JK Football.”

Dr Farooq’s 1986 prize announcement proves a hoax
General Secretary, J&K Football Association, SA Hameed said in 1986, Dr Farooq announced prize money for JKFA and participating teams on the spot. But the players are yet to receive the prize. “While I was making commentary of the match, he (Dr Farooq) interrupted me and announced prize of rupees one lakh for JKFA and 10 thousand each for participating teams. He hailed the facility and directed everyone to organize more such matches in future,” Hameed said.
“Ironically both JKFA and participating have not received the announced prize money yet.”

Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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