Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said Assam Football has made its emergence in sporting landscape of South East Asian Countries through Bordoloi Trophy.
Kicking off the 66th edition of Bharat RatnaLokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Football tournament at Nehru Stadium here on Friday, chief minister Sonowal said that taking into consideration of the past fan-fare and glory associated with Bordoloi Trophy, everybody should take the responsibility to enhance its popularity and regain its glory.
He said this tournament has assumed unique identity and everybody should try to regain its past glory.
Reminiscing his association with Bordoloi Trophy as its hard core fan, Sonowal said that during his childhood he used to stick to radio commentary to listen to the matches of Bordoloi Trophy.
Such was the popularity of Bordoloi Trophy that front ranking teams like Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Mohammedan Sporting used to take part in the tournament.
He also asked the organiser to schedule the tournament carefully taking into cognizance of other soccer tournaments so that more and more team can take part in Bordoloi Trophy.
The inauguration of the tournament was marked by the march past participated by the students of Axom Jatiya Vidyalaya, where students from Gandharba Kalakendra also put up xatriya dance.
The inaugural match was participated by Town Club and Assam State Electricity Board.