*Merlin RISE CSJC Football Tournament 2023 got flagged off at Merlin Rise ( R10 Academy Football Ground).*
*Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club in collaboration with Merlin Group organised MERLIN RISE CSJC Football Tournament 2023.*
*• Mehtab Hossain, and Dipendu Biswas , former footballers and Kunal Ghosh, eminent Journalist,consulting editor of Sambad Pratidin inaugurated the tournament along with Satyen Sanghvi, Director, Merlin Group.*
News Stardom : Kolkata , 17th. August, 2023 : Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club In collaboration with Merlin Group has inaugurated today “Merlin RISE CSJC Football Tournament 2023” at Merlin Rise, the sports city by Merlin Group at Rajarhat. It is a two day tournament played by 19 football teams from media in Kolkata. This is the second year when Merlin supported CSJC and hosted the tournament to promote sports among media fraternity.
At a formal function , former footballers Dipendu Biswas and Mehtab Hossain in presence of Shri Kunal Ghosh, consulting editor Sambad Pratidin, Vice president, Mohanbagan Club, Shri Satyen Sanghvi, Director, Merlin Group , Suven Raha, President, Calcutta Sports Journalists Club and all members of Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club and team managers flagged off the tournament at Merlin Rise – the Sports City by Merlin Group today. The endeavour to promote sports among journalists post covid is a much sought after break and rejuvenating activity taken forward by Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club. Merlin Group, that always promotes sports, has come forward to make it a success.
Twenty One teams including The Times of India, Aajkal, Sambad Pratidin , East Bengal Samachar, Dainik Sambad, Dindarpan, Dainik Jugasankha, Dainik Vishwamitra Jago Bangla, Photographer’s association , Calcutta Sports Journalists club,TV9 Bangla,, News Time, Tribe TV , Doordarshan , Biswabangla sambad , 24 Ghanta Mixed zone Bullets, R Plus and Mixed Zone Missile and Xtra Time, are playing from Print media and electronic media categories.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Saket Mohta, MD, Merlin Group said, “We at Merlin have kept our commitment to support the football tournament of the prestigious Calcutta sports journalists club this year. Football a, popular sport globally is in the blood of Bengalis. We as an integral part of our city of joy are really happy to have hosted this tournament here. Our Sports City Merlin Rise has partnered with international sporting icons like Brazilian star Ronaldinho, Yuvraj Singh and Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps for setting up their academies. We hope of host state level tournament here at Merlin Rise in future.”
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Satyen Sanghvi, Director, Merlin Group said, ” We are privileged to host the tournament for Calcutta Sports Jouranalists Club at our football ground for the second consecutive year. We are also thankful to all dignitaries and players for their cooperation. Our R10 Academy and YSCE acadmey , championed by the Brazilian soccer icon Ronaldinho & cricket star Yuvraj Singh are already operational at Merlin Rise. Around 140 kids have already enrolled in the programme. We are adhering to the International standards in football & Cricket training and all the modules are exclusively designed by R10 and YSCE .The programme is a holistic approach towards developing Sportsmanship & Team spirit in the kids. The coaches are handpicked and specially trained by R10 & YSCE for maintaining quality standards.Our indoor cricket ground is also running in full strength for indoor corporate tournaments. We wish all the participants the very best and hope the tournament is a grand success. Merlin Rise-The Sports Republic is a first of its kind sports township in Eastern India and boasts of state-of -the-art infrastructure with provision for Indoor and outdoor area with flood lights for night football and cricket.”
CSJC President Suven Raha said, “The media football tournament is always a look-forward to event of The Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club. We are glad to restart it after the Covid break and thank the Merlin Group to come forward and help us organize it well.”
The Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club (CSJC), founded way back in 1956, is the only such organization in Eastern India that is run by only sports journalists of the media world. Over the years it has established itself as an important platform of interaction between sportspersons of the state and the Fourth Estate.
The club has played a big role in the spreading of sporting culture in the State by helping in giving wide coverage to various such events over the years.
Spread over a sprawling area in Rajarhat, “Merlin RISE – Sports Republic” is a self-sufficient township with all amenities required for today’s modern living. Besides associating with “RONALDINHO – R10 FOOTBALL ACADEMY , Merlin Rise will also house the state of the art cricket academy by Yuvraj Singh- YSCE ; The swimming academy of MICHAEL PHELPS —- – “MICHAEL PHELPS SWIMMING” and India’s state of the art “MMA MATRIX TRAINING CENTRE” BY TIGER SHROFF .