The first Season of Thumbay Football League 2020, a first of its kind football league in the northern emirates, initiated by few football lovers and supported by Body & Soul Health Club was officially launched and Inaugurated by the Chief Guest Dr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of Thumbay Group under full Social distancing guidelines and safety protocols set by local authorities.

Thumbay Moideen, a true Sports lover encouraged all players for the initiative and offered full support to make this event a Bigger one in the coming years with at least 50 teams participating by next year. He also thanked Mr. Farwaz PC & Mr. Arif BA, true football lovers, who played a key role in bringing this event to life with a lot of hard work and dedication. The Chief Guest also gave away Awards of Appreciation to various supporters who had contributed towards the success of this event and congratulated all the participating teams and Captain’s wishing them a Safe and Successful football league 2020. “May the Best Team Win”. The Occasion also was graced by several Special guests from the Education, Healthcare, and Hospitality Division.

The Football League was started with an intention to encourage young football players to excel and practice their skills to achieve and play in higher leagues and tournaments, promoting Good Health and Sporting Culture which inculcates discipline in the players. This Season Thumbay Football League had Four Teams - Thumbay Warriors FC owned by Mr. Farwaz, Red Amigos FC owned by Mr. Arif, Black Storm FC Owned by Mr. Fayaz, Vamos United FC owned by Mr. Alex who played for the trophy this year.

The League was played on Nov 19th at the Thumbay Grounds - Al Jurf, Thumbay Medicity, having 9 side teams with round-robin match’s and a final which was Won by Vamos United FC, The Champions of the league this year. The Thumbay Football League is a rolling Trophy, which will be played every year making it a bigger event every year.

Thumbay group Established in 1998 by the founder Dr. Thumbay Moideen in UAE, having its headquarters in Dubai, with its core business in Education, Healthcare, and Research and having its diversified business in 20 sectors across all emirates of the United Arab Emirates and India.

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Bengaluru, Nov 30: Congress Karnataka unit president D K Shivakumar on Monday said Hinduism is no one's property and the party believes in the Hindutva of Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda, and in protecting the interest of people belonging to all communities.

"Ours is Mahatma Gandhi's Hindutva, Vivekananda's Hindutva...Hinduism is no one's property....India's tradition, culture is the wealth that belongs to all of us .

We (Congress) will protect and safeguard the interest of everyone as said in our constitution," Shivakumar told reporters in response to a question about recent developments regarding inter-faith marriages and Hindutva politics.

"Protecting the constitution is our commitment and our stand," he added.

Shivakumar had convened a meeting of senior leaders of the party today on developments in the state and strengthening the Congress as an organisation.

Shivakumar said booth and panchayat level committees will be formed in the coming days towards organising the party and to make Congress a cadre based party.

The booth committees will be called "Praja Pratinidhi" and it will have representation from across sections of the society.

"We will implement it during the upcoming gram panchayat elections itself," he said.

The Karnataka State Election Commission on Monday announced polls to 5,762 gram panchayats in the state in two phases on December 22 and 27, and the model code of conduct has come into immediate effect.

Welcoming the announcement of the polls, Shivakumar said "For the gram panchayat election we are forming nine teams.All our leaders will be part of it.

However senior they (leaders) are, they will visit various parts of the state from district to assembly level.

MLAs have been given responsibility of neighbouring constituencies," he said.