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Durand Cup Trophy Tour Sets Foot on the Magnificent INS Vikrant at Kochi

Kochi: The 132nd edition of the prestigious Durand Cup made its historic trophy tour debut onboard India’s indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at Kochi on 14 July 23. It was a momentous occasion hosting three magnificent Durand Cup Trophies on the flight deck of Vikrant epitomising josh, grandeur and charisma. At a ceremonial event, the trophies were unveiled by Chief Guest, Rear Admiral Susheel Menon, Flag Officer Sea Training in the presence of legendary Indian football player Shri  I M Vijayan.The event was graced by representatives from prominent Kerala football clubs, sportspersons and media personnel.

In his address, the Chief Guest brought out that the Indian Navy has been at the forefront of promoting sports and sportspersons, who have consistently won laurels for the nation on highest international sporting platforms. The Durand Cup is a leading beacon in the sporting world  towards this endeavor, where the best of India’s talents can showcase their skills. This tournament exemplifies the values of discipline, dedication and teamwork that are central to both football and a life in the military. He congratulated the Eastern Command of the Indian Army for organising this tournament for the last four editions and wished them success in the 132nd edition.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri I M Vijayan expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Southern Naval Command for the invite and extended his best wishes to all the participating teams. He thanked the organizers for their unwavering commitment towards maintaining the golden legacy of the Durand Cup.

The trophies were flagged off for a city tour across various locations at Kochi for public display. Kochi is the ninth stop in the 15-city trophy tour which commenced on 30 Jun 23 from New Delhi. The trophy would be flagged in at Kolkata before the commencement of tournament on 03 Aug 23.





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