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Kabbadi team win at home festival

PUBLISHED: 15:17 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:47 23 August 2010

CROWD PULLER: A Kabbadi game in progress.

CROWD PULLER: A Kabbadi game in progress.

THOUSANDS of spectators flocked to the town to enjoy a day of traditional Indian sports This summer s annual Guru Nanak Sports Festival was held at the site of the new Gurdwara on Trinity Road, Gravesend, on Sunday. The headline event of the day was a K

THOUSANDS of spectators flocked to the town to enjoy a day of traditional Indian sports

This summer's annual Guru Nanak Sports Festival was held at the site of the new Gurdwara on Trinity Road, Gravesend, on Sunday.

The headline event of the day was a Kabbadi tournament, and Gravesham were crowned champions after defeating slough in the final.

They competed against eight teams from around the UK including Coventry, Barking, Birmingham and Derby.

Bhinda Mothada from the Guru Nanak Gravesend (GNG) Kabbadi Club said: "It was very pleasing to see so many people come out and support this festival. The local community went home especially happy with Gravesham winning. I hope that we can use this local success as a springboard for further victories in the rest of the season.

"I go all over the UK and abroad as a commentator for Kabbadi games, but it is always special to commentate here in my home town as the crowd generate such a great atmosphere"

Kabbadi is a traditional sport which originates from the Indian Sub Continent. The aim of the game is to score points by raiding into the opponent's court and touching one of the defence players without getting caught on a single breath.

The festival was organised by the GNG Gravesend Kabbadi Club in partnership with the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara and North West Kent Racial Equality Council.

In addition to the sport there was a series of fundraising events to raise money for the new Gurdwara building.

Gurvinder Sandher from North West Kent Racial Equality Council said: "A lot of hard work has gone into putting this event together. Much credit needs to go not only to the GNG Gravesend Kabbadi Club and Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara but also Kent Police and Gravesham Borough Council with whom we worked very closely in the build up and on the day itself to ensure everything ran smoothly.

"I strongly believe that our festival is a beacon for other Kabbadi festivals in the UK; this is mainly due to the strong partnerships that exist locally between the community and our statutory partners.

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