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Indian Ambassador to Qatar HE Dr. Deepak Mittal on Sunday unveiled the Indian Sports Centre Cricket Super Cup 2022 trophy at a glittering function held at the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) in Doha.
The ISC Cricket Super Cup Qatar, a thrilling fast-paced tournament involving 16 teams, will be held from March 4 to 18 at the College of North Atlantic–Qatar and Asian Town Cricket Stadium.
The tournament is being organised by the Indian Sports Centre (ISC), an apex body functioning under the aegis of the Embassy of India in Qatar, in technical collaboration with Warriors Sports Centre, Qatar.
Speaking on the occasion, the Indian Ambassador and Patron of ISC, HE Dr. Deepak Mittal said, “This cricket tournament is part of ISC’s commitment to promoting sports and connectivity through sports within the entire expat community. It’s fascinating to see that 16 teams from expat communities of different nationalities will be participating. It is a wonderful event and I extend my best wishes to ISC and all the participating teams.”
He also disclosed that more sports activities will be held by ISC in the upcoming months.
“There is great potential to promote sports here (in Qatar) as this has been a sports capital over the years and this year is special with the FIFA World Cup around the corner. Congratulations to ISC for putting forth this wonderful sports event and also for the series of other events being planned to be executed in the coming months,” he added.
Dr. Mohan Thomas, president of Indian Sports Centre who has conceptualised the event, said the ISC Cricket Super Cup is being held to celebrate India’s Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. “This event is being organised to bring the expat community of Qatar together to encourage a sporting culture, camaraderie and brotherhood in Qatar through cricket. The occasion celebrates the spirit of freedom, sports and togetherness while bringing all expatriate families to celebrate 75 years of Independent India.”
Giving more details about the tournament, Dr. Thomas said that the aim is to create interest and develop cricket at the grassroots level and the ISC Super Cup 2022 will be a ‘thrilling fast-paced contest’.
The tournament will involve 16 teams of various nationalities beyond the Indian subcontinent and will be played in a “Super-8 format spanning 11 days of thrilling fast paced contest”.
The organisers plan to make it a family event and not just one confined to players.
“The tournament will be an engagement platform for participants, supporters and families through kids zones, food and beverage stalls and entertainment besides lucky draws and give-aways in the arena on all days of the event,” added Captain Mohan Atla, Defence Attache, Embassy of India, and also the Co-ordinating Officer of ISC. The trophy, which was revealed on February 20 by Dr Mittal in the presence of ISC President Dr Mohan Thomas and other executive members, will visit some key locations in the coming days.
“In the following days, the Trophy Tour will take place at four prestigious venues including public places, malls and restaurants in order to create awareness about the tournament, participating teams, players and nationalities involved,” he added.
“This event is set to begin a new era of high quality sports event organisation in Qatar to harness and highlight new talent and inculcate a culture of well-being, sportsmanship and fair-play through professional and innovative management,” added Kushal Kumar of Warrior Sports Centre, under whose technical expertise the event will be held. The event aims to create a buzz in both traditional as well as social media.
“We are aiming for over 150,000 social media impressions for #ISCCricketSupercup,” said Kushal.
You can reach out to Warriors Sports Centre at [email protected] and Indian Sports Centre at [email protected]
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