(MENAFN- The Peninsula)
Doha: The Indian Sports Centre (ISC) under the aegis of the Embassy of India kicked off its 7's Football Tournament with thrilling opening matches at CNAQ grounds last weekend. The opening ceremony and kick off matches were attended by players and organisers following strict COVID-19 protocols put forth by the MOPH.
The opening ceremony was inaugurated by the ISC President Dr Mohan Thomas.
During the inaugural speech, Dr Mohan Thomas emphasised on ISC's goals to increase awareness of sports among the Indian expatriate community, including football. He also underlined the strong support of ISC and the Indian Community to the host country for the upcoming FIFA events in the country like the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 and FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
The 1st league matches of the ISC 7's Football Tournament 2021 were attended by 32 teams from 8 groups. Two teams from each group will proceed to the next round of knock out stage. All major known local teams such as City Exchange FC, Ali International FC, KEF, Friday FC, Kreston Milano FC etc were amongst the 16 teams that reached the Quarter Finals.
The ISC 7's Football Tournament at this juncture is aimed at propelling football frenzy in the country among the expatriates considering the upcoming games.
The Title Sponsor of the event is City Exchange with other supporting sponsors being ABN Corporation, Lloyd Airconditioners, HP Lubricants, Care n Cure group, Imalco, Galaxy Automotives, Premier Indecor, Tradewest Trading, Apex Events, Chemmanur Jewellers, Twenty – One, Safa Water and 89.6 Mirchi One.
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