Kolkata Police Friendship Cup organised by Radio Mirchi FM
Kolkata has entered the Limca Book of Records for being the
largest football tournament in terms of participation and
scale in India. Officials from the Limca Book of records has
announced that the entry will feature in the 2008 edition
of the book.
29 June, the Kolkata Police Friendship Cup 2007 involved 7,770
participants from 519 teams who played in 575 matches across
55 days. The three-tier tournament began with the Thana level
followed by the divisional level and then the inter-divisional
the finals of the tournament, each member of the winning team
was rewarded with a 125 CC Xpressions motorbike and members
of the runners up team were given a mobile phone. Additionally,
the three best footballers were felicitated with the motorbike.
Mirchi aired songs composed by Prithibi, the famous city band
exclusively for this event. The station also organised several
on-air and on-ground activities which includes a five day
long road-show across the city and a tram ride for the participants
as well as various contests during the tournament.
Mirchi Kolkata station director Sriram Kilamb said, "We
were confident of the fact that the Kolkata Police Friendship
Cup has the potential and all the reasons to become one of
the largest tournaments because of its magnitude. It was just
a matter of time before someone gave it due recognition and
we are grateful to the 'Limca Book of Records' for recognising
the good work and initiatives undertaken by Radio Mirchi".