65th Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup, the prestigious domestic hockey tournament of India, was inaugurated by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan by offering prayer to Hockey. He also announced that the prize money for the winners has been increased to more than double from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 11 lakh. Similarly, the prize money increased to 5.5 lakh from 3 lakh and 2.75 lakh from 2 lakh for runners up and third positioned team respectively. Ministers Tukajirao Pawar,Babulal Gour, Umashankar Gupta, Mayor Krishna Gour, Hockey India President Mariama Koshi, the MP of Gwalior Yashodra Raje Scindia, MLA Vishwas Sarang, Dhruvnarayan Singh, Sanjay Chaudhary and MP State Hockey Academy Chief Coach Ashok Kumar were also present there at inauguration, which showcased the history of hockey nursery Bhopal through an amazing laser show.
The first match of the tournament was played between Namdhari XI and Sapura Club (Malaysia) and ended in a goalless draw. None of the team could not score from numerous chances. Gurmail Singh of Namdhari was adjudged player of the match.
PNB Vs SAI @5:00PM
BPCL Vs Railways @6:45PM
MP Academy Vs ONGC @8:00PM