Chandigarh: The eleven-day second Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh Memorial International Hockey Tournament concluded at the Astro Turf Hockey Ground of the Air Force’s 3 Base Repair Depot in Chandigarh on Thursday.
A total of 16 teams participated in the tournament which started on April 15. Apart from the elite Indian teams, Air Force teams from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka also participated in the event, making it truly an international event.
The opening ceremony of the event was held on April 16. The final match was played today between Integrated Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai and South Central Railway (SCR), Hyderabad.
In a nail biting finish, SCR was leading 2-1, when ICF came back into the match levelling the score with a scintillating goal scored by Deepak in the 60th minute. ICF won the match defeating SCR, Hyderabad in the Penalty Shootout round by 7-6.
Mohit, Sanjay and Deepak scored two goals each while Shyam Kumar scored one goal for ICF. For SCR, Sheshe Gowda, Raju Pal and Ayush Dwivedi scored three, two and one goal, respectively.
Deepak of ICF had been adjudged the best player of the tournament. A total of 31 matches were played in the tournament wherein 202 Goals have been scored.
CAS awarded the coveted trophy to the winners. He also felicitated the runners-up team and the members of the organising committee. On the occasion, Colonel GS Gill, Former Indian international Hockey player, Harpal Singh, International hockey player, Group Captain RK Raksha (Retd), former services hockey player and Sports Control Board and Colonel Secretary Services Balbir Singh who represented India in the 1966 Asian Games and 1968 Olympics were felicitated.