Oasis Football club won India’s highest ITBP High Altitude Football cup-2017 by
defeating Mahabodhi Football club by 3-1 in a tough finale match in the 5th battalion
ground in Leh.
This football tournament is one of the world’s highest football tournament. All matches
were played on football grounds located at about 14500 ft to 11000 ft of height. The
winner team was awarded a cash prize of Rs. 25000 and runner up was awarded with a
cash prize of Rs 20,000 along with trophies. The winner and runner up team will be taken
for India tour and will be given opportunity to play with top Indian Football teams. All top
16 teams were given jacket, track pant, T-shirts, 5 footballs each , individual medals,
certificates, memento etc.
Tournament was held in ‘high altitude’ venues of Ladakh, where for a common person it
is difficult to breath normally. The low oxygen and low atmospheric pressure of cold
dessert of Ladakh made this tournament the most difficult and challenging football cup in
Chief Guest Shri Testing Done, Minister for Cooperative and Ladakh Affairs distributed
trophies in this unique “ITBP High Altitude Football Cup-2017” in the presence of Mr. J.P.
Yadav , DIG, ITBP Sector Head Quarter, Ladakh and Deepak Pandey, Sector
Commandant and many senior officers of the para-military force at the football ground of
5th battalion, ITBP, Leh. The Chief Guest thanked ITBP for organising such an historical
event in the region of Ladakh. He encouraged the youth of Ladakh to enthusiastically
participate in such sports event.
The Chief Guest further said, “ITBP has taken revolutionary steps to promote Football
and Ice Hockey in Ladakh”. An inaugural match was played between United Ladakh Vs
Black Yak . The tournament was held from 20th October to 30th October, 2017 in Ladakh.
The aim of this football cup is to identify talent in High Altitude of Ladakh and connect
them with mainstream teams of India. This unique initiative of ITBP will bring
revolutionary changes in the field of sport in Himalaya especially in Ladakh. This
extraordinary football event was held for the first time in Ladakh. It was funded and
encouraged by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India to promote football and
health awareness in the border areas. The event was organised by ITBP.