Bolton to host niche Gujurat sports festival
11:42am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
SPORTS teams from around the country will descend on Bolton this weekend for an unusual national sports festival that comes to the town for the first time.
The Association of Mandhata Samaj UK, or AMSUK, involves communities from around the UK who all originated in one area of the Mandhata region of the Indian state of Gujarat.
The sports festival itself has been going for around 20 years with a team from Bolton taking part recently. The last AMSUK was held in Leicester.
But for the last 12 months, a small group of committed members of the Krishna Temple in Beverley Road has been busy organising the AMSUK at the Bolton Arena.
Young people from Leicester, Birmingham, Walsall, Wembley, east and west London and Bolton will be among the competitors.
They will be taking part in rounders, tug-of-war, running, chess, table tennis, badminton, netball, volleyball, Nintendo Wii and two less familiar sports, Carrom and Kho-Kho.
Carrom is a boardgame similar to billiards where players flick a small piece of wood to disturb central pieces and try to get them off the board, and Kho-Kho is a team game similar to tag.
The event is officially opened on Saturday by the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Colin Shaw, and the Birmingham-based Consular General of India, and there will be a special evening’s entertainment at the Premier Suite in the Bolton Whites Hotel, fomerly De Vere Whites, which starts with a meal at 6.30pm.
Tickets for this event, which includes live entertainment and a DJ, are £15 each available by calling 07709 435916.
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