Sunday, May 25, 2008

Puducherry lost the first Santosh Trophy match against Jammu and Kashmir

The 62nd edition of the Santosh Trophy started in Jammu and Kashmir on May 25, Sunday, after 30 years of it hosted the national football championship. In the inaugural match, Puducherry met Jammu and Kashmir but lost the game with no score (0-2).

Jammu and Kashmir Chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad inaugurated the championship at the Bakshi stadium, Srinagar. The last time the state hosted the Santosh Trophy was way back in 1978, before the outbreak of separatist violence. This is the first major sporting event organised in the valley in two decades.

Thirty-one states and union territories are competing in the tournament. The match venues are Bakshi stadium and Polo Grounds in Srinagar and the Maulana Azad stadium and G.M Science College in Jammu.

In addition, six pitches have been developed for practice matches. Entry for spectators have been made free from May 25 to June 2, but from June 5 till the conclusion of the championship June 15, the entry would be through paid tickets. You can watch all all the matches live in Zee Sports, the sponsors of the event.

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