In the 1st Pandit Prem Nath Dogra Memorial Football Gold Cup Tournament two semi finals were played.
The first semi final was played between Guru Football club Jalandhar and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Football Football Club.The match was won by Guru Football club 3-1 the first match the chief guest was Shamsher Singh Manhas Honourable MP Rajya Sabha.
The guests of honour in today’s first semi final were Ravinder Raina MLA Nowshera, Neelam Langeh MLA Ramban ,Ramesh Arora MLC,Charangeet Singh Khalsa MLC and Vibodh Gupta MLC.
The special Invitees in the first semi final were R.C.Puri Secretary Red Cross,Neeraj Anand President Chamber of Trader Federation Jammu, Rajesh Gupta President Warehouse Nehru Market Federation,Chowdhry Vikram Ramdhawa President Stone Crusher Owners Association and Sanjay Mahey Ex Corporator.
In the second semi final played today RCF Kapurthala defeated United Football Club Amritsar by 2-1.
In the second semi final the chief guest on the occasion was Chander Prakash Ganga Honourable Minister for Industries and Commerce.The function was presided over by Shri Chaman Lal Gupta Ex Minister Govt.Of India.The guest of honour on the occasion was Priya Sethi Honourable Minister Of State Education,Culture,tourism and Rakesh Gupta President Chamber of commerce and Industries.
The special Invitees in the second semi final were Rajesh Gupta President Market Association Narwal,Rajesh Jain President Association of Industries Gangyal and Anil Gupta BJP leader
MLA Jammu east Rajesh Gupta who is the Chairman of the tournament organizing Committee along with Rakesh Khanna President/ Organizer and Naresh Dogra welcomed the chief guests and other guests on the occasion and presented them with bouquets.
The chief guest and other guests of honour were also introduced with the teams before the start of the play.The honourable guests present on the occasion lauded the initiative of starting such a tournament in the name of Sher-i-Duggar Pt. Prem Nath Dogra who himself was a sportsman and an avid football player.The guests stressed on the need to have more such tournaments at sub Dist. levels also so as to involve the youth of the entire region in the sports activities.
Sh.Shamsher Singh Manhas while interacting with the teams expressed his great satisfaction regarding the good organization of the tournament and congratulated the tournament organizing Committee under the leadership of MLA Rajesh Gupta.
Sh Chander Prakash Ganga appreciated the high standard of play in the tournament and complimented the entire organizing Committee for the tournament.
The members of the organizing Committee who were present on the occasion included Naresh Dogra General Secretary State,Rakesh Khanna President,Mohan Lal,Fietous Sohtra,Gagan Kumar,Arun Jasrotia,S.M.Gill,Bharat Bushan and a Vikram Singh.
The prominent who attended the function included Baldev Singh Balloria,Ayodhya Gupta,Prem Gupta,Puneet Mahajan,Vageesh Bharti, Subash Sanghra,P.C Gupta,Krishan Lal Gupta, Dr.Pardeep,Narottam Sharma,Gokul Koul, Suresh Bharti, Shashi Sapolia,Chandan Gupta,Chaman Lal,Vijay Mahajan, Surinder Annand,Sunny Sehgal,Amit, Pardeep Sharma,Ramniwas Aggarwal,Rajinder Gupta,Rajkumar and Ramesh Sharma.
In the end mementos were presented to the chief guest,guests of honour and special invitees.
In the final match of the tournament to be played tomorrow the winning team will be given a cash prize of rupees 1 lakh and the runner up will get a cash prize of rupees 50000/-.