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- Asia’s oldest football tournament- Durand Cup has started its 131st edition in Kolkata on 16th August and Durand Cup was inaugurated on 18th August in Imphal.
- The opening match in Imphal was played between Neroca FC and TRAI FC and both are football teams from Manipur.
- The state government has already made necessary arrangements for the historic football event.
- The former Foreign Secretary of British India, Mortimer Durand, established the Durand Cup in 1888.
- The Durand Cup was initially played only by the armed services but in later years, the game was officially opened to professional football clubs.