BANGALORE: The maiden edition of Club Wars, a sporting event involving all leading residential clubs in Bangalore has reached a crescendo. Club Wars tournament director, Ahmed Abbas told City Express that most of the disciplines are now in the final stages with badminton and table tennis events already finding a winner.
“Indiranagar Club defeated Reliance Club in the badminton finals (4-1). The cricket finals is scheduled this week and so far, the response for all the events has been overwhelming,” Abbas said.
The champion club will be decided based on the overall points each club accumulates in all disciplines. The near-four-feet silver rolling trophy was unveiled recently. “It is a very closely contested event and in the next couple of days we will get a clear picture of who the champion club would be,” Abbas said.
The fist edition of Club Wars has seen teams from Indiranagar Club, Bowring Institute, KBA, HSR, ECA, Bangalore City Institute, Catholic Club, Reliance Club and Domlur Club fielding their top teams in various events. “This is the best sporting event that has connected all major clubs in various disciplines. We are thrilled to see that all sport-loving clubs have come forward to make Club Wars a hit. It has increased the comradeship among clubs in Bangalore,” says Anand Reddy, committee member, Indiranagar Club.
So far, over 300 sports personalities at club levels have participated in events such as cricket, tennis, badminton, table tennis, swimming, snooker and billiards. Set to spread to all southern states from the next edition, Club Wars is promoted by HMF Sports Media Inc and co-hosted by Indiranagar Club and the Bowring Institute.
“Club Wars has set in a new sporting culture across Bangalore clubs. Every club plays a huge role in moulding professional sports stars and we are delighted to see new players emerging out of Club Wars,” Arun Govindraj, a lawyer and Indiranagar Club badminton team captain. “We hope to have more clubs participating from next year, especially from Mysore, Mangalore and Hubli. The concept will certainly catch-up over the years,” says Arun.
With the Club Wars entering the decisive lap, all the sporting stars are set to descend on Bowring Institute on April 21 for the gala awards nite. “We are keeping everything under wraps to create the surprise element,” says Abbas.