The Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh UK (HSS UK) has organised its national sports tournament at PlayFootball in Birmingham. The event attracted over 800 people and 67 teams from 27 towns competed in the competition. Though football has firmly established as the number one game, Kabaddi, Kho Kho and Ring also gained acceptance. Brij Haldania, founder and chairman of the Kho Kho Federation, England said, “Kho Kho is a fast paced game that requires immense skill, stamina, tactics and teamwork. I commend HSS UK for raising the prominence of this sport at a national level.”
Someshwar Kalia, a member of HSS UK’s Woolwich Shakha and Captain of the England Kabaddi Team said: “I have grown up playing Kabaddi every week at my Shakha. It was here that we developed the understanding and importance of building confidence, working as a team, and always being there to support others. These core values were essential to playing Kabaddi at an international level. The Khel Pratiyogita is something I have looked forward to each year and has always been a fantastic platform to nurture talent”.
Commenting on the tournament, Dhiraj D Shah, President of HSS UK said: “The Khel Pratiyogita is much more than just a sports tournament. It's a channel to bring together the human spirit. As you observe each game being played at the Khel Pratiyogita, you will see a crowd of support cheering every player on irrespective of which team they are representing. It is this spirit of community and collective effort (Sangathan) that forms the cornerstone of HSS UK’s ethos. "