PUBLISHED: 10:23 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:53 23 August 2010
MORE than 2,000 people enjoyed a day of sport from the Indian subcontinent which raised £400,000 for the Sikh Gurdwara. The annual Guru Nanak Sport Festival was staged at Trinity Road, Gravesend, on Sunday. Eighteen teams from across the UK took part in
MORE than 2,000 people enjoyed a day of sport from the Indian subcontinent which raised £400,000 for the Sikh Gurdwara.
The annual Guru Nanak Sport Festival was staged at Trinity Road, Gravesend, on Sunday. Eighteen teams from across the UK took part in the festival, with the kabbadi tournament the main event of the day.
Jaspal Singh Dhesi, president of the Guru Nanka Gurdwara management committee, said: "I was pleased with how the day went. The feedback I have received has been very positive. It was great to see the community coming out to support the event.
"Not only was there a good day of sport, but we managed to raise £400,000 for the new Gurdwara."
Kabbadi teams from Wolverhampton, Telford, Barking, Southall, Slough and Coventry competed in the event, alongside teams from Gravesham and Medway.
Kabbadi, a sport popular in the Indian subcontinent, involves players scoring points by raiding the opponents' half and touching as many defence players as possible without being caught.
Gravesham were eliminated in the semi final, and Slough went on to win, beating Coventry in a one-sided game.
Ajit Singh Khaira, from Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara management committee, said: "I have been involved in kabbadi for over 30 years as a player and a coach and I had so many people come and see me at the end of the event to say how happy they were with the organisation of the festival and how pleased they were to see such a well-run event."
The festival was organised by Gravesend Kabbadi Club, in partnership with the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara and North West Kent Racial Equality Council. 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 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 to the festival to ensure everything ran smoothly.