By Tenzin Dickyi
The Tibetan National Football Team is back from North Cyprus after particpating in the ELF Cup 2006. The member of 18 players along with Team's Manager Mr. Kelsang Dhundup and their coach Mr. Jigme Dorjee aren’t so disappointed for not winning the game because they came back with bag full of satisfaction.
Along other seven good teams, Tibet Team had a tough time struggling and trying to make it to the top with only 18 players. But ultimately Tibet Team bagged “Fair play Team trophy” at the ELF Cup 2006 for their fair game and well-mannered attitude.
“Winning the title of ‘Fair play Team trophy’ was the ultimate purpose and the biggest achievement for our team so far. We are in a way able to abide by the good behavior and fair performance which reflects us of being a Tibetan”, said Mr. Kelsang Dhundup. “The greatest feeling that all the members of the team experienced at that event was the singing of National Anthem while raising the National flag high up in the sky. It was a stack of ecstasy and contentment that filled our heart”, he adds.
According to the Team manager, they had an opportunity to have a very comprehensive and healthy discussion on Tibet related issues with some of the eminent dignitaries and senior officials of North Cyprus after the tournament. He also said, “It was solely because of the universal recognition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama as an international icon for peace and harmony that made people consider Tibet as a peace loving nation which ultimately reflected on what we did. We are very fortunate to be associated with His Holiness wherever we go”.
Zanzibar, one of the participating nation at the ELF Cup 2006 invited Tibet National Football Team to take part in a football tournament in their country which will be held in January 2007.
Tibet National Team has earlier participated in many tournaments held in Italy, Denmark, Greenland, Germany, Switzerland and few other matches in India as well.
The Tibet national football team is not internationally recognized. It represents the people of Tibet, many of whom live in exile outside their nation, and who are represented by the Tibetan Government in Exile.