Adelaide is ready to host the 30th Australian Sikh Games

Organizing committee with honorable ministers and the Lord Mayor Source: Supplied

The Australian Sikh Games are the premier sporting and cultural event for the Australian Sikh community. The Games are held every year in capital cities and major regional areas around Australia.

The Australian Sikh Games are a representation of the Sikh community’s competitive spirit and the event forms an integral part of the community’s social calendar. 

These Games embody family values and incorporate the fundamentals of multiculturalism in Australia.

The 30th Australian Sikh Games will be held at Adelaide (SA), over the Easter weekend from 14th to 16th April 2017.

The games organising committee have invited everyone for this three day spectacle of sport & culture, which is to be enjoyed by young and old alike.

all welcome'

Below listen to Mintu Brar’s full interview (in Punjabi) with SBS Punjabi's Preetinder Singh Grewal:

The Games draw crowds of up to 45,000 people over three days of carnival during which 1,400 athletes compete in 14 different sports.

Athletes and spectators from all over the country and overseas, including New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada and the U.K. come to participate in a wide array of traditional Indian and Australian sports and related events.

For the first time in the Games history the South Australian Tourism Commission will be a Major Sponsor for the annual Australian Sikh Games.

ਸਾਊਥ ਆਸਟ੍ਰੇਲੀਆ ਦੀ ਰਾਜਧਾਨੀ ਐਡੀਲੇਡ ਵਿਖੇ 30ਵੀਆਂ ਆਸਟ੍ਰੇਲੀਅਨ ਸਿੱਖ ਖੇਡਾਂ ਦਾ ਪੋਸਟਰ ਪ੍ਰੀਮੀਅਰ ਮਾਨਯੋਗ ਜੇ ਵੈਦਰਲ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਰਿਲੀਜ਼ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ।

ਇਸ ਮੌਕੇ ‘ਤੇ ਸਟੇਟ ਗੌਰਮਿੰਟ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਟੂਰਿਜ਼ਮ ਮਨਿਸਟਰ ਲਿਓਨ ਬਿਗਨੇਲ, ਮਲਟੀ ਕਲਚਰ ਮਨਿਸਟਰ ਜੋਏ ਬੈਟੀਸਨ, ਪੁਲਿਸ ਮਨਿਸਟਰ ਪੀਟਰ ਮਾਲਿਨਾਸਕੁਸ, ਟਰਾਂਸਪੋਰਟ ਮਨਿਸਟਰ ਸਟੀਫਨ ਮੁਲੀਗਨ, ਐਡੀਲੇਡ ਸਿਟੀ ਦੇ ਲਾਰਡ ਮੇਅਰ ਮਾਰਟਿਨ ਹੀਜ਼, ਅੱਪਰ ਹਾਊਸ ਦੇ ਸਪੀਕਰ ਰੱਸਲ ਵਾਟਲੇ, ਮੈਂਬਰ ਪਾਰਲੀਮੈਂਟ ਡਾਇਨਾ ਵਾਟਲੇ ਅਤੇ ਮੋਨਿਕਾ ਬੁੱਧੀਰਾਜਾ ਨੇ ਸ਼ਿਰਕਤ ਕੀਤੀ ।

ਪੋਸਟਰ ਰਿਲੀਜ਼ ਦੇ ਇਸ ਸਮਾਰੋਹ ‘ਚ ਹਾਜ਼ਰ ਮਨਿਸਟਰਾਂ ਤੇ ਅਹੁਦੇਦਾਰਾਂ ਨੇ ਮੀਡੀਆ ਨਾਲ਼ ਗੱਲਬਾਤ ਕਰਦਿਆਂ, ਆਸਟ੍ਰੇਲੀਆ ਅਤੇ ਦੇਸ਼ ਵਿਦੇਸ਼ ‘ਚੋਂ ਆਉਣ ਦੇ ਚਾਹਵਾਨ ਸਮੂਹ ਵਾਸੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਖੇਡਾਂ ‘ਚ ਸ਼ਿਰਕਤ ਕਰਨ ਦਾ ਖੁੱਲ੍ਹਾ ਸੱਦਾ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਤੇ ਭਰੋਸਾ ਦਿਵਾਇਆ ਕਿ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਇਸ ਕਾਰਜ ‘ਚ ਭਾਈਚਾਰੇ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ਼ ਹੈ ਤੇ ਆਪਣਾ ਬਣਦਾ ਯੋਗਦਾਨ ਪਾਏਗੀ। ਇਸ ਮੌਕੇ ਤੇ ਬੋਲਦਿਆਂ ਸੂਬੇ ਦੇ ਮੁਖੀ ਨੇ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦੇ ਆਸਟ੍ਰੇਲੀਆ ‘ਚ ਯੋਗਦਾਨ ਦੀ ਸੱਲਾਂਗਾ ਕੀਤੀ ਅਤੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਭਾਈਚਾਰੇ ਨੂੰ ਸੂਬੇ ਦਾ ਅਹਿਮ ਅੰਗ ਦੱਸਿਆ (Info/Photo Rishi Ghulai – Punjabi Akhbaar).

Organizing committee with honorable ministers and Lord Mayor
Organizing committee with honorable ministers and Lord Mayor

Organisation of the Games

The Australian Sikh Games are made possible through the help of community organisations from around Australia. These organisations are normally run by volunteers who want to actively contribute to their local Sikh community while also coaching or competing in their chosen sport. The Australian National Sikh Sports and Cultural Council (ANSSACC) acts as an umbrella body of all partners organisations.

Each year ANSSACC names one of the partner organisations as the next host and hands over responsibility for delivering the Games to a new city around Australia. Key responsibilities of host organisations include community fundraising, corporate sponsorship, marketing, venue management, sports administration and equipment supply.

History of the Games

The Punjab region of India is renowned for its sporting history and has a reputation for producing world class athletes.

From traditional Indian sports such as kabbadi (wrestling) to adopted sports such as hockey and cricket, Punjabi people and in particular Sikhs from the Punjab, have succeeded at the highest levels.

It is no surprise therefore to see that Sikhs have taken their enthusiasm for sport with them across the world. This was certainly the case in 1987 when members of the Sikh community in South Australia decided to host a friendly hockey tournament.

The event not only brought together people with a passion for their sport but also represented an occasion for the wider community to celebrate its unique cultural identity, as Sikhs and as Australians.