- The 10 days grand MKM Tournament by Hindustan Zinc will witness participation of 12 teams from across the country
- The ceremony was inaugurated by Chief Guest Kalyan Choubey – President of the All-India Football Federationand Guest of Honour – Manvendra Singh – President, Rajasthan Football Association
Udaipur, 21st January 2023: MKM Football Tournament, one of the biggest State Youth tournaments in the country, is back with its 43rd edition. The tournament kickstarted with a grand inauguration ceremony on January 21, 2023 at Zawar, MKM stadium. The Chief Guest – Kalyan Chaubey – President of the All-India Football Federation and Guest of Honour – Manvendra Singh – President, Rajasthan Football Association inaugurated the ceremony. Hindustan Zinc in association with the Zawar Mines Mazdoor Sangh will host the 10-day tournament that will garner audience participation of more than 20,000 people. MKM tournament falls in- line with Hindustan Zinc’s commitment to ushering a football revolution in the state of Rajasthan and to grow the football culture amongst the locals.
The Chief Guest, Kalyan Chaubey, commented, “I am delighted to be a part of this and to support Hindustan Zinc for one of the country’s major national level sports competitions, which will provide a platform for young boys to showcase their skills. Hindustan Zinc’s initiative to enhance Indian football will have an impact beyond Rajasthan.”
Guest of Honour, Manvendra Singh said “Witnessing the MKM Football Tournament from the stands shows the spirit of people of Zawar. I would like to congratulate and share my best wishes to the players participating in this competition and I wish that these players reach international level and bring laurels to the country. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the organizers of the competition for promoting grassroots football.”
The 10-day Tournament will witness 12 teams participating from across India competing against each other. Punjab, Shama United Football Club Mumbai, Doon Star FC, Dehradun, Rajasthan-XI, Hindustan Zinc-XI, RBI Football Team, Mumbai, DFA Udaipur, ARA Football Club, Gujrat, STFC- Syed Tajuddin Football Club, Srinagar, Delhi XI, Delhi, Artillery Center Army Football, Hyderabad, and FC Dhanbad are the 12 teams that will be playing against each other to win the tournament trophy the MKM title.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Arun Misra, CEO of Hindustan Zinc, said, “Over the last few years, Hindustan Zinc has been developing a strong grassroots football structure through Zinc Football.” We believe in promoting the world’s most popular sport, zinc football, to improve the lives of underprivileged communities in Rajasthan. I’m glad to see the MKM Football Tournament has established itself as a one-of-a-kind occasion that brings together Hindustan Zinc’s stakeholders from every category, including the workforce, the community, customers, governmental agencies, and vendors.”
Hindustan Zinc has been associated with sports and has been promoting sportsmen 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.
About Hindustan Zinc Limited
Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta Group company in Zinc-Lead and Silver business is world’s 2nd largest integrated Zinc producer and 5th largest Silver producer. The company governs about ~80% of the growing Zinc market in India with its headquarters at Udaipur along with Zinc-Lead mines and smelting complexes spread across the state of Rajasthan.
Hindustan Zinc is self-sufficient in power with captive thermal power plants and has ventured into green energy by setting-up wind power plants. The company is ranked 1st in Asia-Pacific for the fourth consecutive year and globally 3rd in S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment in 2022 amongst Mining & Metal companies. Hindustan Zinc is a certified Water Positive company and is the only Indian company to be recognized at the S&P Global Platts Metal Award 2022 winning two prestigious awards for ‘Industry Leadership Award – Base, Precious & Specialty Metals’ Award and ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ Award.
The company takes pride in having some of the best-in-class people practices and employee-centric initiatives, which have certified Hindustan Zinc as – ‘Great Place to Work 2023’, ‘Company with Great Managers 2022’ by People Business and the ‘People-first HR Excellence Award’.
As a socially responsible corporate, Hindustan Zinc has been relentlessly working towards transforming lives of 1.7 million people in 237 villages in the states of Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. The company is amongst the Top 15 CSR Spenders in India.