This January, Mumbai organised the first Mumbai Games. People played, exercised and got together for immense fun in various sports grounds and complexes throughout the city. ‘Ab Mumbai Khelega’ seemed to be the latest slogan on everyone’s lips as they marched to the sports grounds with their Mumbai Games bibs on. An amazing concept to bring the community together and encourage sports and good lifestyle amongst Mumbaikars, the Mumbai Games were evidently a huge success and are expected to hit the city soon. If you are living in Mumbai too, do not miss this sports extravaganza this time.
Rules of The Games
Organised on two consecutive weekends (5th-6th and 12th-13th January, this year) Mumbai Games are modelled after the Olympics. The registration is simple and open to kids as young as 10 years. The participants are divided into eight contingents from eight parts of the city like Down South Daredevils, Navi Mumbai 21sters and more. People are given their contingents on the basis of the address they register with. For example, if you want to play for your company in Worli, though you stay somewhere else, you just need to register with your office address. Along with individual scores, scores will also be given to your respective contingent on your victories. At the end, the contingent with maximum points will be declared the winner.
Games For All
With nine popular games organised at venues like Goregaon Sports Complex, Tennis Centre of Excellence and Andheri Sports complex, Mumbai Games 2013 attracted people from all spheres of life, across all age groups and with varied interests. While some relived their college days on the basketball court and football fields, others came to cheer for their kids at the tennis and squash courts. Those who did not want to burn calories enrolled in the chess competitions and put their grey cells to work. Around the carom boards and table tennis tables, people cheered and celebrated with every strike. The participants also enjoyed a dose of celebrity status when they found their photos, while playing, on the Facebook Page of Mumbai Games. After the end of four days, some took back medals and prizes, while others found new company for tennis and squash. In fact, everyone agreed that they went back with a feeling of a weekend spent well!
From Vashi to Goregaon, from Andheri to Dadar, every Mumbaikar will be coloured in the spirit of sports yet again. I would say break free from your routines and go win some games. But then the organisers would say “haarna allowed hai”! So this time, get up, put on your sports shoes on and go play!
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