The third oldest competition in the world, the Durand Camp which is an annual nationwide football tournament organized by Indian Armed Forces is back on the Indian football calendar - scheduled to be held on September.
The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic saw the competition being cancelled last season, with only the Indian Super League, I-League, and I-League Qualifiers going ahead in bio-secure environments with strict restrictions.
According to the Armed Forces, the 130th edition of the Durand Cup will be held in and around Kolkata and that the tournament will start in the beginning of September and will end by first week of October.
Local reports also state that a number of popular clubs in India are expected to take part in the tournament considering that the likes of Gokulam Kerala, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, ATK reserves, and other clubs competed in the previous edition. A number of Indian Super League (ISL) sides too have been invited to participate in the competition, though nothing has been confirmed as yet.
Started in 1888 by Mortimer Durand, the Durand Cup is the oldest competition in Asia and initially was played in Shimla, post which it was shifted to New Delhi in 1940. SC East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are the most successful clubs to play in the competition, winning 16 titles each.