Organizing Committee members sought blessings of the Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje/Aug. 6, 2018
NEW YORK, Aug. 18: The organizers of the second edition of the Gyalyum Chenmo Memorial Gold Cup North America and Europe (GCMGC) held the fixture draw for this year’s edition of the tournament here at Phuntsok Deshi Hall of the Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey earlier today.
Managers and captains of 16 participating teams attended the fixture draw
that was streamed live by the organizers to maintain impartiality and transparency.
Mr. Karma Ngodup, the North America Coordinator for the Tibetan National Sports Association which is organizing the tournament, told the gathering that Tibetans must realize that they are equally capable as people of other nationalities to play in top leagues around the world. “Look at the 1986 world cup teams of nations like France and compare it to 2018, you will notice that the team now has more immigrant players.”
Sikyong Lobsang Sangay met the organizers and extended his support by launching the official poster, also seen is North America Representative Ndogup La.
The tournament is organized with voluntary help from sports enthusiasts and community workers in New York and New Jersey area. Tsering Palden, the Chief Organizer deputed by the Tibetan National Sports Association said, “I am not particularly a sportsperson or a sports lover myself but I can see that it is something that will benefit our community at large. So I agreed to be part of the team to organize the tournament in memory of the great mother of His Holiness.”
Palden’s colleague Chime Tsering said that all proceeds from the tournament and the events related to it will go to the Tibetan National Sports Association. “We are holding the tournament with no seed money but we hope to raise it through tickets and other activities, and we will be very happy if TNSA can get some amount for its future initiatives for the overall development of sports in our community.”
16 football teams from Madison, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Minnesota, Seattle and Toronto will compete for the coveted title from August 31 to September 2. The final will be played on the Tibetan Democracy Day on September 2.
The apex sports body of the Tibetan exiles organized its first ever GCM tournament outside India in Toronto in 2016 and was participated by 12 teams from the US and Canada. Toronto Cholsum FC won the first edition by defeating New York Tibet United in penalties.
The tournament was first held in 1981 and has become the biggest sporting event of the Tibetan exile community. TNSA took over the responsibility of organizing the tournament in 2003.
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