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Games, laughter and togetherness on YIFC Sports Day

By Editor's Desk, March 25, 2019, Categories: Edutainment, Featured, Kids

It was the perfect weather on Sunday morning, 17th March – no rains, gentle sun and the springtime breeze for the 4th YIFC Sports Day. Initiated by Mr. Thaika Ubaidullah, Founder – YIFC Academy for Education and Enrichment, with the purpose of promoting fitness, fun and feeling of community, the event was everything it was meant to be. Participants, volunteers and guests were all-smiles to spend their weekend playing games on Perth Street Sports Ground.

Participants with Mr. Thaika Ubaidullah

“We would love to include all the other South Asian communities at this event. Since the coming year is our fifth sports day, we want it to be even bigger,” said Mr. Thaika at the event. With the support of sponsors Instarem, Royal Forex, Suvai (Maya Foods Ltd.), Woodlands Indian Vegetarian Restaurant and of course Mrs. Purviz R. Shroff and Late Rusy M. Shroff, the event was very well organized.

There were games organized for eight different age groups, separately for male and female participants; the youngest participant being as little as two years old and the oldest being 68! Games like flat races, relay, back walk, forehead hold walk, hopping, shot put, long jump, skipping, throw ball and colour sorting – were as much for fun as for fitness. A total of 200 participants, dozens in the organizing committee and even more as volunteers infused the much-appreciated community feeling in the event.  

Age no bar for fun at YIFC Sport Day

The YIFC Academy for Education and Enrichment started as the Young Indian Friends Club in 2003 to promote sports and cultural activities amongst the Tamil community in Hong Kong. Through the year, YIFC conducts Tamil learning programs with around 100 students across 6 levels.  

Their first sports day was held in 2016. The event not only promotes fitness but also provides a platform for the whole community to come together and have fun. “For all the little ones below six years who are running races today, we will be giving gold medals to all,” explained Mr. Thaika. “For them it’s not about competing but about coming today and participating.”

The young ladies Zarifa Sheik and Zulaiha Zulfika on the mic with Aysha Sadak and Muthu Mogdoom Fathima at the desk were doing a remarkable job of making announcements, keeping the scores and writing certificates. Laughter seemed to be the key factor at the event!

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