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Football talent-hunt tournament

A football talent search programme under the names of Parle-Star Sports young Heroes was launched here on Thursday.

The programme aims to discover talents from Indian schools by getting around 650 schools from 15 cities across the country to participate.

The seven-a-side competition will be first held in 15 cities — Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, Goa, Indore, Pune, Mumbai, Shillong, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Chandigarh and Delhi — in a two-day format.

The best school from each city will play the National finals. Alongside the competition, former Iranian footballer now settled in the city, Jamshed Nasiri, will head a group of talent scouts to pick up 45 promising footballers.

The selection will be finally pruned to 16 after a selection camp and they will travel to Spain on an exposure trip, revealed former Indian cricketer Rohan Gavaskar and the director of High Life Management, which has conceived the event.

The tournament will start at Kolkata on August 25 while the final National round will be played in January 2016 at the same city.

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