Bandipora, July 06: The Gurez Football Tournament concluded on Tuesday in Gurez valley with the SFA Bandipora football club emerging as the winner.
As per an official, the event was organized by the District Administration, Bandipora in collaboration with ELFA International under the guidance of DR. Owais Ahmad District Development Commissioner Bandipora, and under the overall supervision of Mohammad Ashraf Hakak, ADDC Bandipora.
"This event was the first of its kind at Gurez which received huge acclaim and participation," an official said.
Among others present at the finals were Mohamad Ashraf Hakak ADDC Bandipora, DR. Mudasir, SDM Gurez, Bashir Ahmad SDPO Gurez.
The final match ended up in a round of penalties and the SFA Football club emerged as the winner, Sports Club Bandipora Dawar football came up as the runner up and Dawar Football club was the 2nd Runner up. Zakir Hussain Dar was awarded Man of the tournament.
The official said the event was attended by a huge crowd who had gathered from Gurez and other adjacent areas. The event not only provided a rear occasion for the players to showcase their talent and sportsmanship but provided the spectators with a climax of entertainment and show.
“People appreciated the efforts of District Administration and ELFA International for making the event possible and also asked the ELFA International to continue such events in future also,” the official said.
Official added people also hailed ELFA International for its tireless efforts in the field of the humanitarian sector and requested the organization to extend its educational and healthcare programs in the area.
Speaking on the occasion, Hakak said that the district administration Bandipora and sub-divisional administration are committed to the overall and holistic growth and development of youth.
The event was also attended by SDPO Gurez, Bashir Ahmad (JKPS), who while expressing his thoughts on collaborating with ELFA International, appreciated the initiatives taken up by ELFA international in the direction of youth leadership programs, drug de-addiction via sports activities and the overall spectrum of their humanitarian and social work.
“Administration aspires to take these events to all zones of district Bandipora and expressed his intent to collaborate with ELFA international to organize events like these in future too,” he said.
SFA, the winning team was awarded cash Prize of Rs. 50,000 while the runner-up team with a cash prize of Rs. 25,000, and the second Runner- up was given a cash memento of Rs. 15,000.
Participating teams have been presented Rs. 3000 as a token of appreciation to encourage them and enhance their sporting activities from ELFA International.
Mohamad Ashraf Hakak ADDC Bandipora while complimenting Elfa international appreciated ELFA International’s efforts in carrying these activities far and wide to all corners of the Union territory.
He ensured the administration’s active support to events like these which not only provide positive engagement to the youth but also act as anti-drug addiction agents.
Dr. Mudasir Ahmad, SDM Gurez, emphasized the role of such programs in places like Gurez which are otherwise cut off and therefore left alone from the mainstream buzz of the state and people lack the requisite exposure.
“Programs like these are pivotal in developing leadership qualities among youth and also have a positive role in acting as a deterrent against the growing menace of drug abuse,” he said.