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Kabaddi tournament by PSCC Chicago
Kabaddi tournament by PSCC Chicago

BY A STAFF WRITER

CHICAGO, IL -- Punjab Sports and Cultural Club continued its annual tradition of celebrating the game of Kabaddi along with sumptuous food and cultural programs.

On July 2, the club organized another very successful "Punjabi Mela" that witnessed over 1500 attendees. This 17th International entertainment and sport event of Kabaddi and Volleyball tournament was held at Busse Woods Forest Preserve, Elk Grove Village, Illinois

During this populous family-oriented mega event, people enjoyed complimentary admission, food, mehndi application, and competitive traditional Sports. Tournaments kicked off after traditional opening prayer (Ardaas) ceremony by Palatine Granthi Bhai Mohinder Singh.

The Guests of Honor at the program were Consulate General of India
Neeta Bhushan, Congressman Raja Krishnamurthy, Dr. S P Singh Oberoi, Amolak Singh Gakhal, Sardar Manjeet Singh(Canada), Sardar Jaspreet Singh (Attorney of Law).

Bhushan and Krishnamurthy addressed the audience and thanked everyone for joining the celebration. Sardar Amrik Singh, President Punjab Sports and Cultural Club applauded the hard work and determination of the teams that participated in the tournament.

This was followed by award ceremony with celebrity guest Hans Raj Hans along with live musical performance by famous Punjabi Singers Jasmine Sandlas, Sharry Mann and Rupinder Handa.

Competing teams hailed from the States of Wisconsin, Indiana, New York, Texas, Illinois, Virginia, Washington and Michigan. The final championship match was between Seattle vs Yuba City. After intense competition, Seattle beat Yuba City by the score of 39 points vs. 23 points by losing team from Yuba City.

Both teams in finales gave very hard competition to each other and in the end Seattle team finished on the top of the podium by grabbing the champions title. Besides Kabaddi, there were volleyball matches too in which 5 teams participated and Tony Sanghera's team from Chicago was the winner.

After sport tournaments, social and entertainment "Mela” commenced, attended by bulky crowd and presence of various prominent community leaders including sponsors of event. The special guest for the evening was Darshan Singh Dhaliwal, a famous successful entrepreneur and son of a Sikh farmer from a little-known village in Punjab.

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Update: 14-July-2017

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