Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): One of India’s oldest hockey tournaments, the Obaidullah Khan Heritage Cup is due to start from Monday in the state capital after a six-year hiatus. The tournament was first launched as the Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup in 1931 and was last played in 2016.
The sports and youth welfare department has decided to bring the esteemed trophy back into Madhya Pradesh’s hockey scenario after the Indian team’s historic bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year.
Madhya Pradesh midfielder Aishwary Pratap Singh Solanki has always been part of the winning team, motivating several young dribblers in the state.
The tournament will kick off at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the tournament venue, Major Dhyanchand Hockey Stadium in Tulsi Nagar district of Bhopal. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will attend the event as the chief guest and Sports Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia will preside over the inaugural ceremony.
Indian Oil, Indian Railways, Punjab and Sind Bank, Army XI, MP Hockey Academy, CNG, GST and Central Excise Chennai, Punjab Police, Indian Navy, Army Green, Central Secretariat and Madhya Pradesh Hockey Association will participate in the tournament.
The Athletics Department has made arrangements for food, accommodation and transportation for the players participating in the tournament and their team officials.
Scindia said: “It gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction to be able to relaunch such an esteemed tournament in our national sport. Many players who lost a lot during covid19 will have a chance to bounce back with the tournament. This will give our nation new champion players.
The final chapter of the tournament played in 2016, which was played after a gap of five years, had Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited as the champion. Before that, Air India was crowned champion in 2011.
Winner: Rs 11 lakh
Finalist: Rs 7 lakh
2nd runner-up: Rs 3,000,000
3rd runner-up: Rs 1.5 lakh
Player of the match (league): Rs 5,000
Player of the match (semi-finals, final, hard line): Rs 10,000
Player of the Tournament: Rs 10,000
Best Goalkeeper: Rs 10,000
Best deep defender: Rs 10,000
Best midfielder: Rs 10,000
Best striker: Rs 10,000
Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy Team:
Hemant Dhanraj Singh (Goalkeeper), Aman Khan (Goalkeeper), Telam Priyabarta, Saurabh Pasine, Kashif Khan, Sundaram Singh Rajawat, Anil, Saddam Ahmed, Luv Kumar Kanojia (Captain), Konan Dad, Himanshu Sainik, Rajat, Deepak Sharma, Haider Ali, Shrey Dhupe, Ali Ahmed, Mudassar Qureshi, Thonaojamainglemba Luwang
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Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2022, 4:32 PM IST