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Dharamshala - -Thirty eight teams from five countries will take part in the 21st Gyalyum Chenmo Memorial Gold Cup (GCMGC) football tournament from May 30 to June 10 at the grounds of the Upper TCV School in Dharamshala.

Registered to compete are teams from the USA, Canada, Europe, Nepal and India. The Gold Cup will be played initially in a group stage followed by multiple knockout rounds.

The opening ceremony will take place in the morning of May 30. Chief Guest Mr Sudhir Sharma, Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), will be Chief Guest and Mr Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies (ATPD), will be Special Guest. Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay will be the Chief Guest during the closing ceremony on June 10.

The Gold Cup was inaugurated in 1981 in honour of the late mother of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This year's tournament is organised under the chairmanship of Mr Sonam Dorjee, Tibetan Settlement Officer.

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