Udaipur :  TheMKM Football Tournament, one of thebiggest State Youth competitions successfully concluded its 43rd edition at Zawar’s MKM stadium.The fever of MKM football tournament at Zawar kickstarted with a grand inauguration ceremony on January 21, 2023. The 10-day football tournament which was hosted by Hindustan Zinc in association with Zawar Mines Mazdoor Sangh witnessed magnificent performances from 12 teams that participated from across the country. Chief Guest Mr. Subrata Paul gave the closing statements at the tournamentand handed over the MKM trophy to Delhi XI,in the presence of CEO, Hindustan Zinc Arun Misra.

The nail-biting finale witnessed Delhi XI scoring 2 goals to take the trophy home against DFA Udaipur. The semi-final match between Delhi XI and STFC Srinagar witnessed a clean sweep by the Delhi team, pushing them to the finals. And in the semi-final match between Doon Star Football Club and DFA Udaipur brought the home-team of Udaipur in the finale after 12 years.  The unwavering support and enthusiasm showcased by the locals of Zawar reiterate the significance of MKM event and the long-lasting football connect of Zawar. This year the tournament also witnessed a friendly women’s match between Frontier Women Football Club Delhi and Rajasthan XI.

Chief Guest, Mr Subrata Paul commented, “It is great to see such a big crowd supporting and cheering for the legacy MKM Football Tournament. I hope that this become a launch pad for the future stars of football and would create new records for Indian Football. My best wishes to both the teams for the Finale match.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Arun Misra, CEO of Hindustan Zinc, said, “The MKM Football Tournament has proven to be a one-of-a-kind event, bringing together HZL stakeholders from all levels – employees, community, customers, government authorities, and vendors. It was indeed a moment of pride to see how employees, locals of Zawar, and others sense a feeling of belonging as they gather in huge numbers to be a part of the MKM Tournament and contribute to expanding the magnitude of MKM’s success each passing year’’

Special Guest, Mr. UM Shankar Das, President Hindustan Zinc Workers Federation, said “It is good to see the legacy of Zawar intact with football being at the core of it. The history stands tall and even after a three year break it is good to see the MKM Football Tournament back in action. Best wishes to the team and many thanks to Hindustan Zinc in keeping the spirit of Zawar lively.

The MKM tournament witnessed a massive participation of more than 20,000 people who gathered to celebrate the spirit of football and to support their favourite team. Hindustan Zinc has been associated with sports and has been promoting sports for almost 4 decades when the company made its football stadium at Zawar in Rajasthan in 1976. MKM tournament has emerged as a unifier for fostering community participation and community bonding, and it has been shown to be one of the most significant platforms for connect with local communities.