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Soccer meet begins today

Aspiring soccer stars from the hinterland will be looking to put their best foot forward at the third edition of Tata Group Companies community football tournament that kick-starts on Friday.

As many as 23,000 players from 15,000 outfits will be participating in the tournament that will be played at 48 venues.

Of these, 43 have been categorised under the Jamshedpur zone, while Jamadoba, Noamundi, Manoharpur, West Bokaro and Latehar host one match each.

The participants will be clubbed in two categories — Under-14 and open age.

While the preliminary rounds will be held at the selected locations, the summit clash has been scheduled at Jaipal Singh Stadium in Karandih on August 9.

The finale will coincide with International Day for Indigenous People.

“The tournament aims to motivate young talents by providing them with a platform to showcase their skills. It also aims to identify budding talents and groom them at sports cradles,” said Biren Bhuta, chief of corporate sustainability services, Tata Steel.

The earlier two editions of the tourney had been very successful.

The first edition, held in 2012, drew as many as 7,680 participants from 32 locations.

The 2013 edition saw outfits from 40 locations vie for the top honours with as many as 19,200 participants hitting the ground.

The meet is jointly organised by Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tinplate and Tata Power.