The 13th NEC Tamchon football tournament one of the biggest and most exciting football and cultural event for the people of North-East in Delhi ended on Saturday, 9th of Nov 2019.
The tournament is organized by the Tangkhul Naga Society Delhi (TNSD) since 2007. It is a yearly event, held in memory of a young former police officer (ACP) of the Delhi Police, late Mr. RN Tamchon. The tournament is strongly bound by its ideals to bring together and uplift the North-East community. The theme of the tournament is ‘Unity, Friendship, Understanding and Sportsmanship’. This year the event was sponsored by NEC Ministry of DoNER, COSCO, Oil India Limited, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and Ministry of Home Affairs.
The closing ceremony was graced by Shri. Kiran Rijiju, Minister of State (IC) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports & Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs of India. He was also felicitated by NEC and TNSD at the event.
Mr. Rijiju mentioned about NE being remarkable in sports and his dreams of promoting it to international level. In his speech he added, “I’m delighted to see football fever gripping into our capital city of Delhi. Football is a religion in North-East India. I’m excited to watch the final match of Tamchon Football Tournament between Indian Air Force and SSPP FC.”
Some special guests of the event were Smt. Soso Shiza Member NCW, Hibu Tamang IPS, Haulianlal Guite IAS, Additional Commissioner- Commercial Taxes, the eldest son of the six-time World Boxing Champion Smt. M.C. Mary Kom, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) & Olympic Medalist and others attended the closing ceremony.
Also, this year four Indian Air Force officials Air Commodore J.B Rane, Group captain Deepak Ahluwalia, Wing Commander Vikas Sing and A.U Singh with other Air Force personnel’s were present to witness the final match of their team Indian Air Force against SSPP FC.
There were many talented musical and cultural extravaganzas in the event by various vocal artists, dance troops such as; Tangkhul Naga traditional dance by New Tusom Katamnao Long, Manipur and Lebang Boomani and Hojagiri Traditional Dance by Tripura Students Forum, Delhi. The theme song of the tournament ‘Go Light Your World’ was led by the United NE Choir.
“We organized this event to encourage and give platform to the young footballers from North-East, so that they can step on to higher sports platform. At the same time, to bring solidarity among the people of North-East in Delhi and also to connect ourselves with other people in Delhi to build some kinds of integrity and uniformity in our country,” said Yaruingam Awungshi, President Tangkhul Naga Society Delhi.
The 15 days tournament was participated by 16 football teams. Participation of teams from outside North-East India such as Indian Air Force since 2017 is mark as one of the great achievement for the organizing team Tangkhul Naga Society Delhi.
The tournament has the tag of the highest paid community tournament in India. This year, the prizes were arranged as INR 6 lac for the winner, and INR 3 lac and INR 2 lac for first runner up and second runner up respectively.
The Indian Air Force and SSPP FC, who were up against each other at the last year’s final match meets yet again, for the ultimate final match of the 13th NEC Tamchon Football Tournament. In the spectacular match between the two teams the Indian Air Force beats the defending champion SSPP FC 2-0. A large number of jubilant fans celebrated with the victorious football team.
The individual prizes for the best players and coach of the Tamchon tournament were given as: Best Striker – Phungtanlian Jr. No.17 (SSPP FC), Best Midfilder – Patrick Jr. No.8 (ZFC), Best Defender – Rary S. Raj Jr.No.6 (IAF), Best Goal Keeper – Dinesh Jr.No.22 (IAF) and Best Coach – Darshan Singh (IAF).