Chandigarh: Khalsa Football Club (Khalsa FC) is organizing the first Sikh Football Cup under FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) rules in Chandigarh and Punjab for ‘Keshadhari’ (Unshorn hairs & beard) players from January 30, 2020.
Khalsa FC, which is a registered non-profit sports organization, is holding the event in association with Global Sikh Sports Federation.
This football cup has been dedicated to 550th Prakash Purb of Sikh founder, Guru Nanak Dev, said Khalsa FC president Harjeet Singh Grewal.
The Cup as earlier scheduled to be held from November 23 to December 8 but it has been re-scheduled from January 30 to February 8 due to some major events during that period.
Grewal said, “Our prime objective is to encourage the Punjabi youth to engage in sports as ‘Keshadhari’ (Sabat-soorat) sportspersons and to regain the sheen lost in the past, which was once reigned by Punjabis in sports”.
During series of trials in the first week of November, the Keshadhari teams in all 22 districts of Punjab and Chandigarh have already been selected, told Khalsa FC president.
The closing ceremony and final match will be held at Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar Stadium on February 8.
This unique event would promote Sikh identity and Punjabi culture consciousness worldwide, Grewal said.
Khalsa FC will also provide sports kits, jerseys and tracks suits as well as allowances, the Khalsa FC Chief said.
Lastly, the winning team will be awarded a cash prize of ₹5 lakh and ₹3 lakh to the runner up.
Additionally, both teams’ coaches will be honoured with cash prizes of ₹ 51,000 and ₹31,000, respectively.