NZ to Host First-Ever Sikh Games in November This Year
New Zealand will be hosting its first-ever Sikh games event in November-December this year. Modeled replica of Australian Sikh Games, New Zealand Sikh Games (NSG) will feature over 500 athletes from different parts of the country for over two days, November 30 and December 1. Athletes will be participating in more than a dozen sporting competitions and cultural programmes. The NZ Sikh Games Auckland 2019 will be held at Pulman Park, Takanini – the same place where the website – www.nzsikhgames.org and logo was unveiled at the launch event. This ambitious event is a one big sporting and cultural event planned for quite a long time for the Sikh Community in New Zealand. “This is one of the biggest events for the Sikh community in New Zealand, and it is happening for the first time,” Daljit Singh Sidhu, Games Manager of NSG told The Indian Weekender at the launch event. The event offers sports competitions such as Soccer, Kabaddi, Athletics, Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball, Netball, Golf, Shooting, Tug-O-War and even Gatka and Dastar competitions. On the other hand, the cultural events include Gidda, Bhangra, Singing, Stand-up Comedy and other small activities. Daljit said, “The opening parade will be like that of Nagar Kirtan that is hosted by Sikh temples, but bigger and more grand.” Moreover, the event provides a platform for young Sikh girls and boys to showcase their talents either in cultural activities or in sports. “Following the model of Australian Sikh Games, we aim to make this an annual event in the Sikh community’s calendar in New Zealand,” Daljit concluded.