Supreme Sikh Society of New Zealand has started a local sports league every Sunday that will lead to the grand finale March and the Takanini Sports Complex's official inauguration.
The league started with just three sports now, basketball, volleyball, and football, giving local teams to play their sport every weekend until the big bash on the inaugural day, March 21.
The current league has eight teams each in football and volleyball and five teams in basketball, and the games will be played every Sunday at the newly built sports complex inside Takanini Gurudwara premises.
"The aim is to start using the world-class sports complex for local teams and sportsmen and women, and once we officially inaugurate the place, we invite teams and clubs from all over the nation and host their games and tournaments," Daljit Singh from Supreme Sikh Society told the Indian Weekender.
The $10mn sports complex was completed earlier in 2020, but the opening ceremony was delayed due to Covid-19 lockdowns in New Zealand.
The sports complex's football ground is approved by FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), it has world-class ground for kabaddi, hockey, two cricket pitches, netball and basketball courts, running tracks and can host thousands of visitors on a day with over 200 vehicle parking space.
The finale of the current sports league will end on March 14, followed by the official inauguration ceremony where the Gurudwara is expected to host over 25,000 visitors from all over New Zealand over two days, have free food service, sports tournaments, children's activities and more.
"We are very excited about our sports tournament that started Sunday, January 17 and we expect to see hundreds of spectators every Sunday for the league matches, and give our sportsmen and women a platform to showcase their sporting talents," Mr Singh added.
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