The stage is set for a grand 132nd IndianOil Durand Cup finale

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The stage is set for a grand 132nd IndianOil Durand Cup finale

Kolkata, September 01, 2023:

The army bands are ready, and so are the artists, dancers, daredevils and other performers, as the final dress rehearsal for the closing ceremony of the grand 132nd IndianOil Durand Cup, concluded here at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK) on Friday. On Sunday, September 03, 2023, Mohun Bagan Super Giant and Emami East Bengal clash at this very ground in what is popularly termed the ‘Kolkata derby’, to earn the right to be called champions of the iconic Durand Cup. The match kicks-off at 4 pm Indian Standard Time (IST) and will be telecast LIVE on Sony Ten 2 as well as livestreamed on the Sonyliv OTT platform.

The Hon. Governor of West Bengal, Dr. CV Ananda Bose, has kindly consented to be the Chief Guest of the final. Among other dignitaries who will grace the occasion will be Gen. Anil Chauhan, PVSM UYSM AVSM SM VSM, Chief of Defence Services, Indian Armed Forces, Shri. Aroop Biswas, Hon. Minister in Charge of Sports and Youth Affairs, Power and Housing, Government of West Bengal and Lt. Gen. Rana Pratap Kalita, PVSM UYSM AVSM SM VSM, Army Commander Eastern Command, Kolkata.

The Durand Organizing committee has chalked out an elaborate programme in the build-up to the game, as well as planned unique entertainment capsules during the half-time break and post-match, ahead of the prize distribution ceremony.

A forty-minute function will precede the kick-off of the highly anticipated final, which is expected to have a full house. Post-arrival of dignitaries, the programme begins with the rendering of the national anthem.

That will be followed by daredevilry from the air and motorbike simultaneously, followed by a musical programme showcasing one of the richest traditions of the state of West-Bengal.

A Naval Symphony Band playing popular numbers will then keep spectators entertained during the break. Post-match, the entertainment quotient continues with a traditional tribal Chau Dance performance and concludes with a fusion of Jazz Bands and Military Bands and a Fusion performance by Army Units on the Durand Theme Song before prize distribution begins.

The day concludes with the three Durand Trophies being handed over to the winning captain and team by dignitaries and celebrations on-field post that.

About Durand Cup

A symbol of India’s football history and culture, the Durand Cup is Asia’s oldest and the world’s third-oldest football tournament. Organized by the Indian Armed Forces, the Durand Cup has been the breeding ground for India’s best footballing talent, over the years.

The inaugural edition happened in Shimla in 1888, when it started off as an Army Cup, open only to the British Indian Army troops in India, but soon opened up to civilian teams. Named after its founder, Sir Mortimer Durand, Foreign Secretary of British India from 1884 to 1894, the iconic tournament reaches its 132nd edition in 2023. Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have been the most successful teams, winning the tournament 16 times each.

Bengaluru FC are the current holder of the Durand Cup, having won the tournament in 2022.

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Antara Tripathy M.Sc., B.Ed. by qualification and bring 15 years of media reporting experience.. Coverred many illustarted events like, G20, ICC,MCCI,British High Commission, Bangladesh etc. She took over from the founder Editor of IBG NEWS Suman Munshi (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018 and October 2020 to 13 June 2023).
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