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National Inclusion Cup starts tomorrow

83   //    19 Feb 2018, 18:22 IST

Mumbai, Feb 19 (PTI) Continuing their commitment of changing lives through football, 'Slum Soccer' will kick-start its 2018 edition of National Inclusion Cup from tomorrow.

A total of 48 teams from various states across India and Nepal will participate in the men’s and women’s category of the league-cum-knockout format tournament.

The four-day tournament, being held in the city for second consecutive year, will commence with teams from Gujarat, Haryana, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Assam, Manipur and Nepal.

A total of 480 players will participate in the event across 24 men’s and 24 women’s team.

"It's one of the most celebrated initiatives of Slum Soccer. This tournament has allowed us to reach out to a larger audience, create awareness about our work and also has created heroes out of people from all walks of life," said Slum Soccer CEO Abhijeet Barse.

"The event not only is a platform to showcase football skills but also a place where participants can take inspiration from one another and grow with the sport."

Vijay Barse, founder of Slum Soccer, said, "One of the earliest initiatives of Slum Soccer, The National Inclusion Cup has been providing a genuine platform for all organisations that aim to enhance overall quality of life for the underprivileged through the sport of football."

At the conclusion of the tournament, the talent identification team will select 25 probables that will receive intensive training in football and social skills to eventually form the men’s and women’s teams to represent India at the 16th Homeless World Cup where over 60 nations meet every year for the World Championship

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