Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday emerged champion beating equally good Punjab Police 4-3 via tie-breaker in the 66th BN Mullick Memorial All India Police Football Championship hosted by Jammu and Kashmir Police at University of Jammu (JU) grounds, here.
Earlier, in the stipulated time the match ended in a goalless draw. It was followed by extra time which too could not yield any results thus forcing the organisers to apply tie-breaker rules to decide the fate of the all important game of this 11-day long national event.
In tie-breaker, though BSF missed on their first attempt on the net, yet fought with high spirit and were successful in rest of the four penalties. It was Bunty Singh, who could not convert his kick into goal while Kamal, Gurpreet, Vishal and Mohd Asif successfully netted the ball.
For Punjab Police, Sarabjeet Singh and Gurtej Singh failed in their attempts on the net while Jatinder Singh, Harshdeep and Amandeep managed to beat the guard at the net. The final besides others witnessed by Special Director General of Police (DG), Headquarters (PHQ), V.K Singh was Chief Guest.
At the end of this national event held under the banner of All India Police Sports Control Board (AIPSCB) , Rajbir Singh of Punjab Police emerged as most successful player with six goals to his credit. Laliakhlu of Mizoram Police remained in limelight for the lone hat trick of the competition. In all, 274 scored in 84 matches, including 68 in the league round. A record 15 Red Cards and 128 Yellow shown to the players as punishment for their violations of the laid down norms.
In the valedictory function which took place at Gulshan Ground, here in the afternoon, Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh was Chief Guest, who gave away the title trophies to the first three position holders. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Nirmal Singh lauded the services of security forces and police in effectively dealing with different challenges and defending the country.
The Deputy Chief Minister, while thanking the players and officials from different parts of the country, said that their presence in the playing field together was a notable example of unity in diversity.
While paying tributes to B N Mullick, Dr Singh said that he served the people when the country was going through a transitional phase.
Director General of Police, Dr S.P Vaid, in his welcome address, lauded the efforts of the organizing committee for making elaborate arrangements for the teams and the staff. Highlighting the achievements of J&K Police and its good track record in sports, the DGP said that 19th all India Band competition will be held in Srinagar this year in September last.
Representative from (AIPSCB), Dr A.K Verma read out the report of the Board. He enumerated the achievements of BN Mullik and said that from over a century police and CAPF personnel of the country have brought laurels for the country in international and national events and have won hundreds of medals in Police and Fire games, besides Commonwealth and other competitions. He said that Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) of the country were entrusted with the organization of under-19 FIFA World Cup which they did befittingly. Dr. Verma added that because of these achievements, the country has honoured Police and CAPFs by bestowing upon them Padma Awards and sports awards like Arjuna Award etc. In the meantime, souvenir of the event released by the Deputy Chief Minister in the presence of DGP, Dr. S P Vaid, Chairperson PWWA, Bharti Vaid, Dr. AK Verma, DG Prisons, Dilbag Singh and ADGP, Armed, AK Choudhary.
Later, vote of thanks presented by ADGP, Armed AK Choudhary.