Football: Local Sikh community unite with football tournament

Senior Minister of State for Law and for Education Indranee Rajah handing an award to former national footballer V. Sundramoorthy for his contribution to the local football scene at St Wilfrid Sports Complex on July 26, 2015.
Senior Minister of State for Law and for Education Indranee Rajah handing an award to former national footballer V. Sundramoorthy for his contribution to the local football scene at St Wilfrid Sports Complex on July 26, 2015.ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

SINGAPORE - The local Sikh community celebrated the 159th death anniversary of soldier saint Bhai Maharaj Singh with a football tournament on Sunday morning and current and former national players were amongst the guests.

Footballers such as V. Sundramoorthy, S. Subramani, Terry Pathmanathan, Raj Inder Singh Gill and Delwinder Singh were at St. Wilfrid Sports Complex and they were lauded for their contributions on the pitch for their community and country.

The event was organised by the Central Sikh Gurdwara and it saw 500 men and women playing in the tournament open for all ages.

"I was so surprised when I saw all the kids playing football," Sundram said. "It's heartening to see the community play."

The tournament was also held in conjunction with the SG50 celebrations in order to further strengthen camaraderie in the Sikh community.

"Our team knew each other from our mother-tongue school," Palwinder Singh, 21, a participant in the open men's categor,y said. "This event is for us minorities who don't see each other very often. Through this, we get to know each other better and commemorate our roots."

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