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August 7, 2012 > Sikh Sports Association Games a great success

Sikh Sports Association Games a great success

Submitted By Harry Singh

The 6th Annual games organized by Sikh Sports Association USA (SSA) concluded July 29, 2012 at James Logan High School with great success. Almost 1200 athletes participated in this two-day event. The games by SSA are different from any other sports events organized by the Indian community because these games are open to any athlete and are purely sports events. These games include track and field, soccer, field hockey, flag football, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, kabaddi, tennis, flag football.

The program began with a Sikh prayer which was recited in the sports pavilion Dr. Tarlochan Singh Nahal, the General Secretary of SSA.

The largest participation was in basketball in with 30 teams. About 120 players participated in eight soccer teams and 13 teams competed in volleyball. This year, SSA added flag football. Over 100 individuals participated in various track and field events. SSA directors not only organize these games, but they participate in various events; Atif had the fastest time in the 5k (3 miles) race. Davinder Singh and his son Mohkam Singh played hockey while his wife Daljit Kaur ran 5k won the 2nd prize in her age group. Similarly Tarlochan Singh Nahal and his wife Harbans Kaur Nahal, both ran 5k and received 2nd and 3rd prize in their respective age groups.

Gurmeet Singh Basra and Gurlabh Singh Dhaliwal competed in open wrestling; Mr. Basra was the winner. In soccer, San Jose B team was the winner. Guru Nanak Footbal Club of Yuba City came second. In the other soccer league the DFc Pleasanton was the winner and Mahilpur Sports Club Karman was second.

In tennis doubles 8.0 Ranking, the winners were Ashwin Sridhar and Venkat Brahmajee and the 2nd Place went to Mike Kearns and Elliott Broadwin. In doubles 7.0 Ranking, the winners were Gurdarshan Singh and Suresh Lankalapalli. Second place went to Daljit Singh and Eric Singh. There were a total of 10 doubles matches.

In volleyball, the first place went to Super Saiyans and the second place was held by Union City Volleyball Club.


Senator Ellen Corbett, an honorary member of the Board of Directors of SSA, visited the games and met with many players and organizers. She delivered a copy of a California State Legislation Resolution for the Sikh Sports Association games to Chairman Harvinder Singh Dhaliwal and received a copy of the souvenir program. Mr. Dhaliwal had a rare opportunity to walk with the Olympic torch in London on July 1, 2012.

SSA is a non-profit organization that organizes two major events every years: annual summer games and Guru Nanak Half Marathon in November. The Guru Nanak Half Marathon will take place on November 10, 2012 at Quarry Lakes, Fremont, California. For additional information, please visit www.sikhsports.com.

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