Event is set to bring thousands to the Coffs Coast
ALMOST 2000 athletes and many more visitors will come to the Coffs Coast at Easter next year for the 28th Australian Sikh Games.
It will be the fourth time the event has been held in the region under the stewardship of Woolgoolga-Coffs Harbour Sikh Sports Club.
After a meeting with Coffs Harbour Rugby League chairman Warren Gilkinson, sports club spokesman Manjit Sidhu said the decision was made to use the multiple fields at Geoff King Motors Oval as main base for the event.
"For three days from April 3 next year, continuous sporting and cultural events will be held at the ground," Sidhu said.
"Soccer, touch football, hockey, basketball, netball and athletics will feature along with our famous traditional sport, kabaddi.
"This is going to be a huge event and apart from the competitors there will be thousands of visitors every day."
In 2009, 82 teams, including touring parties from New Zealand and Singapore, arrived in Woolgoolga to participate.
There was even an 'incident' in the kabaddi match between the Aussies and Kiwis where a referee's decision upset players, showing the intensity of competition - and the crowd loved it.