Ladakh:The Ladakh Football Association, which has 35 clubs under its aegis, is aiming for affiliation with the All India Football Federation (AIFF), which has promised full support to the body in its endeavor to promote the sport here.
The Ladakh Football Association launched its logo on 6 September and was attended by AIFF dignitaries including its Senior Vice President Subrata Dutta, Treasurer ZA Thakur and Assistant General Secretary (Administration) Lt Col BMR Mehta.
Other dignitaries to attend include Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Mohd. Ali Chandan (President Kargil District Association), and Tashi Gyalsan (President, Ladakh Football Association) among others.
The logo ceremony was followed by a short documentary exploring the developments and work done by the LFA in Ladakh.
Namgyal said: “Ever since Ladakh has been declared a Union Territory led by the Government of India, it has opened up endless possibilities of development.
“…now we have no dearth of facilities whether it is in terms of administration or funding. With new opportunities and possibilities, Ladakh can now come a long way in terms of its development at many levels, and sports is no exception.”
Namgyal said that the talented athletes of the region are doing well at the national level which was rare earlier.
On the possibility of Ladakh FA’s affiliation, AIFF VP Dutta said: “Ladakh FA can fully get AIFF’s recognition if they properly follow the process of AIFF constitution. Post affiliation, AIFF will support the LFA at all levels. Be it technical support or administrative. “
“Ladakh football players, be it children or seniors, will go through a talent search process and their game will be monitored. If they are good then they will be given a chance at the national level.
“He will get an opportunity to play and show his talent and make Ladakh proud. AIFF is here to show them the right direction and extend their full support.”
Ladakh FA also conducted trials for selection of club members in the age group of 6 to 10 years in partnership with Minerva Punjab Academy.
The selected children were awarded a 10-year contract with 100 percent scholarship for training along with free education and accommodation.