Welcome banner for the 24th Oshwal Games
The 24th edition of the Oshwal Games were held in Thika over the Easter weekend with a total of over 500 participants taking part in 11 sporting disciplines, which included the card games of bhukhar and bridge, cross country, darts, football, golf, lawn tennis, swimming, table tennis, tug of war and volleyball. Participants mainly represented Thika and Nairobi, with smaller teams representing Eldoret, Kericho, Kisii, Kitale, Meru and Mombasa. There were also some that came from abroad, as far as the UK and Moshi.
The Games were hosted and organised under Visa Oshwal Community, Thika. A team of over 50 members from the Thika Oshwals community was assembled to help bring the Games to life. Their motto was 'Unity Through Sports', and unity was certainly a distinctive theme throughout the organising and actual Games period.
A total of Kshs. 5 million was raised through various generous organisations and individuals, with Broadway Bakery Limited being one of the Gold Donors. The company is no stranger to sports as it has been offering its employees the opportunity to play for the Broadway Football Club which has been taking part in various leagues throughout the existence of the bakery.
Our Director, Bimal Shah, speaking at the 24th Oshwal Games
The main venue for the Games was the Visa Oshwal Community Centre in Thika where all the meals and entertainment functions took place, starting with the opening ceremony on the morning of Friday 3rd April. A gala dinner was also held at this venue on Friday evening with entertainment provided by the comedian Erick Omondi and Kamini School of Dancing. Everyone's favourite sport, tug of war, provided another form of entertainment here, albeit at a more competitive level. This lasted until the tug prematurely broke halfway into a men's contest forcing an amusing finish to the sport.
The other sports were broken down and held at various venues around Thika. Darts, lawn tennis and volleyball took place at Thika Gymkhana, whilst golf was held at Thika Sports Club and Thika Greens. The remaining sports were held at Braeburn Imani School.
The Games came to an end on Sunday 5th April with the prize-giving and closing ceremony. The host for the 25th Oshwal Games was also announced, with the mantle falling on to Nairobi and the Oshwal Youth League. The organising team thanked Broadway Bakery Ltd. and all other donors for their generosity and support in hosting a successful event.
Our Director, Bejul Shah, playing darts
The torch for the 24th Oshwal Games