Chennai, July 13, 2010 – Madras Cricket Club and Murugappa Group will host the 86th edition of the annual Gold Cup Hockey Tournament from 15th July, 2010 to 25th July, 2010, on the Astro Turf grounds at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium, Egmore, Chennai.
Ten teams from across the country will take part in the 86th edition of the hockey tournament. Army XI, Indian Oil Corporation, ONGC, BPCL, KarnatakaXI, Indian Railways, Hockey India (JR), NamdhariXI, Punjab National Bank and Southern Railways will compete with each other to win this prestigious tournament. These teams will be categorized into two groups. The tournament will be played on a league cum knockout basis.
MCC will play a friendly match against The Hindu on 14th July 2010 at 5:45 PM .The Inauguration Ceremony is to be held on 15th July, 2010, post which two to three matches will be held per day till 23rd July 2010. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Semi-finals to be played on 24th July, 2010, followed by the Finals on 25th July, 2010.
Supported by Murugappa Group, one of India’s leading business conglomerates, the tournament has become an instrument in promoting the national game. The tournament winner will be awarded Rs.2, 50,000 and the runner up will get prize money of Rs. 1, 50,000. Besides, the top prizes, the man of the match for each game from Semi Finals stage onwards will also receive prizes. The Best Player of the Tournament, Best Forward, Best Goal Keeper and the Most Promising Player of the Tournament are the other special prizes during the tournament.
Addressing the media here during the press meet, Mr. Arun Murugappan, Managing Director, Parry Enterprises India Ltd, Murugappa Group said, “We take great pride in being associated with our National game. Be it hockey, tennis or cricket, supporting sports has always been a part of the tradition of Murugappa Group. We are delighted to be hosting one of the largest events in the Hockey calendar in India. The next ten days will prove to be a feast for hockey lovers in Chennai , who I am sure will be there to cheer for their favourite teams.”
About the Murugappa Group
Founded in 1900, the Rs. 13617 Crores (USD 3.03 billion) Murugappa Group is one of India’s leading business conglomerates.The Group has 29 companies under its umbrella, of which seven are listed and actively traded in NSE & BSE. Headquartered in Chennai, the major companies of the Group include Carborundum Universal Ltd., Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company Ltd., Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Ltd, Coromandel International Ltd, Coromandel Engineering Company Ltd, EID Parry (India) Ltd, Parry Agro Industries Ltd, Tube Investments of India Ltd and Wendt (India) Ltd.
Market leaders in served segments including Abrasives, Auto Components, Cycles, Sugar, Farm Inputs, Fertilizers, Plantations, Construction, Bio-products and Nutraceuticals, the Group has forged strong joint venture alliances with leading international companies like Mitsui Sumitomo, Foskor, Cargill, Groupe Chimique Tunisien, Winterthur Technology Group and Morgan Crucible. The Group has a wide geographical presence panning 13 states in India and 5 continents.
Renowned brands like BSA, Hercules, Ballmaster, Ajax, Parry’s, Gromor and Paramfos are from the Murugappa stable.The organization fosters an environment of professionalism and has a workforce of over 32,000 employees.