By Odisha Story Bureau, Sukinda:
The 11th edition of Kate Purty Inter-village Football Tournament was kicked off at the central playground of Sukinda Chromite Mine (SCM) township of Tata Steel in Jajpur district on November 7, 2017.
Two teams clashed with each other in the opening day of this 27 day knock-out tournament organized by Sukinda Chromite Mine of Tata Steel. In the opening match Chrome Valley Football Club won by 6-0 goals by defeating Jai Maa Mangala team of Badkathia .
Mr Prabhash Gokaran, Head, Engineering Projects and Town, Ferro Alloys & Mineral Division,Tata Steel, Mr Harihar Barik, General Secretary, SCM Workers’ Union, Mr S Ekka, Manager, HRM, Tata Steel, were present during the inaugural match to encourage the players. Mr Ghasiram Majhi was the referee.
Total 34 teams from Ransol, Chingudipal, Kankarpal, Kaliapani panchayat of Sukinda block of Jajpur district and Raibol panchayat of Kankarahat block of Dhenkanal district are taking part in the tournament which will continue till December 2, 2017. Named after Shri Kate Purty, the man who discovered chrome in Sukinda valley in 1949, the tournament is being organized for 10 years in a row now. While reminding people about Shri Purty’s contribution to the economy of the region, the tournament aims at giving a platform to local football talent to showcase their skills and promote sports in the region.
Four more teams – Ragda, Birsanagar, Maa Khandurai Club of Ardapal and JBA football club, Kaliapani will participate in the tournament on November 8 and the winning teams will be elevated to the next level.