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Jamshedpur set to host first international football championship, free entry for spectators from Straight Mile Road

India to face Nepal in tournament opener

DC visits JRD Sports Complex, gives last-minute directions

Ex-FIFA referee Binod Kumar Singh appointed technical officer

Jamshedpur, March 14:  Steel City will host the SAFF U-18 Women’s Football Championship for the first time. The competition will be organized in JRD Tata Sports Complex from March 15. Preparations for the event have been completed.

The flood lights at the JRD Tata Sports Complex will be lit up again after a gap of over two years. The flood lights were installed by Tata Steel for the Indian Super League. However, the stadium was closed in view of the pandemic. JRD Tata Sports Complex was upgraded for the ISL.

To take stock of the last minute preparations, East Singhbum DC Vijaya Jadhav reached JRD Tata Sports Complex late in the evening.  

During this, she took information about the preparations in detail and gave necessary directions to the concerned officials of the district administration present on the spot regarding law and order, traffic system, presence of spectators in the stadium, medical facilities for the players etc. District Deputy Commissioner said that the district administration is ready for the successful hosting and organizing of this international tournament.

Crowd will be allowed inside the stadium and entry will be free. According to administration football fans can enter the JRD Tata Sports Complex from gate 5, 6 and 7 on Straight Mile Road.

Players from India, Nepal and Bangladesh will participate in the championship to be held from March 15-25. This Championship is being organised under the joint aegis of the state government, National Football Federation and Tata Steel. People will be able to watch the matches for free.

Six players from Jharkhand, Ameesha Bakhala, Astam Oraon, Sunita Munda, Anita Kumari, Niti Linda and Poornima Kumari have been selected in the national team for the SAFF U-18 Women’s Football Competition to be held in Jamshedpur. All these players are also undertaking training in the training camp organised for the FIFA U-17 World Cup next year.

 “We are proud of our daughters who have done exceedingly well,” said Hemant Soren, Jharkhand chief minister.

 The East Singhbhum district administration has necessary steps to ensure safety and security of the girls for the international Championship.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has appointed Jamshedpur-based ex-FIFA referee Binod Kumar Singh as technical officer for the SAFF Under-18 Football Championship.

The administration will ensure the deployment of police jawans and magistrates at the match venue, practice greens, and hotels from Tuesday. Efforts are being made to not take any chances when it comes to the safety and security of the participants from India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

“It is our responsibility to undertake security measures for the participating teams. Foolproof security will be in place at the match venue, practice ground (Flatlet in Kadma and Tata Football Academy in Bistupur),” said additional district magistrate (Law & Order) Nand Kishore Lal. Police jawans will escort the teams from hotels to match and practice venues. Magistrates and police jawans will be deployed from March 15 till the conclusion of the event (March 25),” he added.

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