Record turnout at Dr Balaji memorial futsal tournament

Record turnout at Dr Balaji memorial futsal tournament
Dr Ma with players at the tournament.

They came, they played, they bonded.

About 400 youths - both participants and supporters - spent Oct 4 together playing futsal at the fourth Dr Balaji Sadasivan Memorial Tournament.

Organised by the Youth Sub-Committtee of the People's Association Indian Activity Executive Committees Council (Narpani Pearavai), the event at the Golazo Futsal Singapore in Jurong West was graced by guest-of-honour Dr Ma Swan Hoo, who is the wife of the late Dr Balaji.

This year's tournament registered the highest number of teams (44) in its history. Participants included non-Indians, new citizens and PRs.

This year's event was also special as it was held closer to the heartland in Jurong and a night element was introduced.

Teams representing the Indian Activity Executive Committees (IAECs) from Nee Soon Central, Tampines East, Senja-Cashew, Changi Simei, Radin Mas, Punggol, Hwi Yoh, Bukit Batok East, Zhenghua, Jalan Besar, The Serangoon and Woodlands Galaxy together with community partners such as Young Sikh Association (Singapore) took part in the tournament.

Said Mr Ashwin Pillai, a permanent resident from Malaysia: "The tournament provided a good opportunity to interact with Singaporean youths from the various races."

Team Hashtag emerged as the champion for the Under 21 Category while the Duxton Boyz finished runners-up. The Laplata Jnrs clinched the Men's Open Title while Dorset Boys were second.

The futsal tournament was also organised as part of the Narpani Pearavai's initiative to promote the theme of healthy lifestyle and sports among the IAECs from October to December.

Thus, many IAECs are organising various events and programmes such as brisk walking, cricket, dandiya dancing and aerobics during this period.

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