GUWAHATI, July 21 � Green Valley Travels Pvt Ltd came out with a noble cause to sponsor the Guwahati Sports Association�s (GSA) A Division while Abhishek Motors, dealer of Tata Motors, will fund the Super Division football leagues.
The organisation has agreed to sponsor the A Division, for the Jibeswar (Gopal) Goswami Trophy Championship for the next 15 years while the RG Baruah Super Division League will be funded for three years. The Super Division meet is billed as Abhishek Motors RG Baruah Super League.
Addressing a press conference here today, GSA president Rana Goswami said they have already set the fixture for the A Division and Super Division which will start at the Nehru Stadium here from July 25 and July 31 respectively. Maharana will play against Jewel Star and SAI will be pitted against Rajbari AC on the opening day of the 6th Jibeswar Goswami A Division League. On the other hand, Gauhati Town Club will take on Dynamo Club in the Abhishek Motors RG Baruah Super Division opener.
The A Division League will be played in single leg basis while like last few years the Super Division will be a two-tier affair. After the first leg, top four teams will play for championship as the lower four teams will fight to avoid relegation.
Throwing light on performances of referees, Goswami said this year they have decided not to hire referees from Kolkata like the last couple of years. However, they may call up referees from nearby districts if required. Confessing that the performances of some referees are below standard, the GSA president said they will ask the officials of the Guwahati Referees Association to conduct training sessions for the referees so that their standard improves.
Pulak Goswami, Managing Director of Green Valley Travels, revealed that they would like to extend the period for sponsoring the Super Division if they can fulfil some technical aspects of their company.
On behalf their company today they handed over Rs 1 lakh to GSA, Rs 50,000 each for A Division and Super Division respectively. Pulak Goswami also promised more funds for GSA leagues. GSA general secretary Ibocha Singh, football secretary Sajal Sengupta, treasurer Chaya Ram Boro, official Bhola Boro were also present in the press conference.