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72nd All India Police Hockey Championship kicks off with a vibrant opening ceremony

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Jammu: The 72nd All India Police Hockey Championship, being held at Astro Turf K.K. Hakku Stadium Jammu, kicked off with a vibrant and colourful opening ceremony. The President of Hockey India, former captain of the Indian Hockey Team, Padma Shri Awardee, Olympian & Arjuna Awardee, Dilip Tirkey who was the Chief Guest declared the championship open. Director General of Police J&K R.R. Swain was the Guest of honour on the occasion.

At the very outset the Chief Guest, DGP J&K and other dignitaries paid floral tributes to the legendary hockey wizard Ghyan Chand. 

Speaking on the occasion the Chief Guest Dilip Tirkey expressed great joy and pride for being part of the opening ceremony of the 72nd All India Hockey Championship and celebrating this lively ceremony with the citizens, participants and officers & officials of Jammu and Kashmir Police. 

Complimenting the All India Police Sports Control Board for taking the initiative and efforts to promote hockey in India, he said that Police forces from different States/UTs have given great players to the Indian hockey team. He appreciates the efforts of the Jammu and Kashmir Police for promoting 25 different kinds of sports and complimented it for hosting the All India Police Hockey championship fourth time. Talking about the glory of hockey’s history, Dilip Tirkey said that hockey was the only sport which brought laurels for the country between 1928 to 1960 in the Olympics. Hockey has made a special place in sports not only in India but also in the world, he added. 

He said that efforts are being made to the fullest to revive hockey in India for which hockey India leagues/tournaments are being organised that will provide a platform for budding hockey players to play alongside top international players. He recalled that in the year 2000, he was adjudged as the player of the tournament while taking part in the national hockey championship organised here in the KK Hakku stadium in Jammu and as such the venue and city of Jammu has a special place in his heart. He wished all the best to all the participating teams.

In his address, the DGP J&K R.R Swain praised Dilip Tirkey, President of Hockey India, for accepting the invitation to attend the ceremony on short notice. Lauding Tirkey as a true sports enthusiast and a humble person, the DGP said that J&K Police and the citizens of the UT are proud of his presence at the opening ceremony of the mega event. The DGP also expressed his gratitude to Aditya Kumar Observer from AIPSCB New Delhi, Rizwan Khan of Maharashtra as Tournament Director, all the esteemed guests, members of the media, participating teams and support staff for their presence at the prestigious opening ceremony.

He further highlighted the fact that the J&K Police has successfully hosted as many as 16 national-level police events over the years, including the 49th B.N. Mullik All India Police Football Tournament in Srinagar in 2000, the 50th All India Police Hockey Championship in Jammu in 2001, the 6th All India Police Golf Championship in Srinagar in 2002, the 4th All India Police Band Competition in Srinagar in 2002, the 3rd All India Police Water Sports Championship in Srinagar in 2003, the 53rd All India Police Volleyball Cluster in Jammu in 2004, the 8th All India Police Water Sports Championship in Srinagar in 2009, the 10th All India Police Lawn Tennis Championship in Jammu in 2010, the 59th All India Police Wrestling Cluster in Jammu in 2011, the 61St All India Police Hockey Championship in Jammu in 2012, the 17th All India Police Golf Tournament in Srinagar in 2013, the 14th All India Police Water Sports Championship in Srinagar in 2015, the 65th All India Police Hockey Championship in Jammu in 2016, the 66th B.N. Mullik All India Police Football Tournament in Jammu in 2017, the 21st All India Police Band Competition in Jammu in 2018, the 71st B.N. Mullik All India Police Football Championship (Men & Women) in Srinagar in 2023, and now the 72nd edition of the All India Police Hockey Championship 2023-24 (Men & Women).

Underlining the role, the J&K Police has been playing in promoting sports and fostering a sense of unity, the DGP said that the J&K Police is the backbone of sports for the UT and this force has deep commitment not only to the sports but through the sports to the citizen of Jammu and Kashmir. He also expressed his gratitude to the organizing secretary, ADGP Armed, and his team for their efficient efforts in organizing this mega event.

He said that the All-India Police Hockey Championship, an eleven-day sports extravaganza will serve as a platform for people from different states and regions of India to come together and engage in healthy competition, exchanging ideas, strengthening bonds, and creating lasting memories. These experiences help to promote unity, solidarity, and a deeper connection between the diverse communities and cultures that make up India. He hoped that the people who have come from the length and breadth of the country besides competing in the event would enjoy the picturesque landscapes of Jammu and Kashmir.

In his welcome address, ADGP Armed J&K S.J.M Gillani also extended his gratitude to Dilip Tirkey for attending the event and other dignitaries for their support. He highlighted the importance of hockey as a national sport in India and its ability to connect people across different states and regions. 

Besides the oath ceremony and scintillating march past by the participating teams, the opening ceremony also featured a captivating cultural program in which artists performed regional songs, which set the tone for this prestigious sports event.

Spl DG Crime J&K A. K. Choudhary, ADGsP M.K Sinha, Sunil Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Anand Jain, IGP (Hqrs) PHQ B.S Tuti, Aditya Kumar Observer from AIPSCB New Delhi, Surinder Kaur (Arjuna Awardee) of Haryana Police, Birendra Lakra (Olympian) of Odisha Police, Rizwan Khan of Maharashtra as Tournament Director, Ripu Daman Sharma of Punjab as Umpires’ Manager, Gurdeep Singh Sangral President Hockey J&K, Supinder Deep Singh Bakshi General Secretary Hockey J&K, DIsG of Police, SSsP, Jammu based IR/JKAP Commandants, AIsG of PHQ and a galaxy of other senior police/paramilitary officers attended the opening ceremony.

Today’s Match Results 

MATCH NO. 01

WEST BENGAL POLICE V/S TELANGANA POLICE.

Match Won By West Bengal Police By 8-1 Goal Scorers Are Theodor-Bai JR.No.20 (1st Goal), 2nd Goal Scored By Praful JR.No.15, 3rd & 4th Goal Scored By Sukhen Barman JR.No.11, 5th And 7th Goal Scored By Susar Harshit JR.No.08 And 8th Goal Scored By Dipendu Dass JR.No.20 And Lone Goal Scored By Telangana Police By Prithvi Raj JR.No.05.Player of the match was declared Sukhen Barman JR.No.11 for his brilliant performance.

MATCH NO. 02

PUDUCHERRY POLICE V/S JHARKHAND POLICE.

Match Won By Jharkhand Police By 4-3 Goal Scorers Are Robert Dhodray JR.No.09 (1st Goal), 2nd Goal Scored By Ajeet JR.No.16, 3rd & 4th Goal Scored By Ayub Mundu JR.No.12 Player Of The Match Was Declared Ayub Mundu JR.No.12 For His Brilliant Performance.

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