Konkan Yuva Dubai organized Khel Mhel-2022 on October 30 at Wanderer's Club, Sharjah.
A magnificent event created a history in GCC where over 3000 Mangalureans gathered, planting a golden feather on the crown of UAE's most popular youth association Konkan Yuva Dubai.
Addressing the gathering, Fr Victor Fernandes, spiritual director said in his presidential note, "Youths are the backbone of the community. The efforts of bringing the people together by organising such events with utmost enthusiasm makes the community grow stronger."
Fr Dennis Saldanha, assitant parish priest Sharjah, Jeevan Vas, coordinator of SMMC and Ronald D'Souza, coordinator SMMKC, Lavina Fernandes, senior manager - Airfreight operations, Globelink Weststar shipping LLC, Joseph Mathias, managing director, Merit Freight systems co LLC, James Mendonca, managing director, Reliable Engineering and Fabrication LLC, Wilfred Mathias, managing director, Premier Advertising Material Trading LLC, John Lancy D'Souza, managing director, Leyton Shipping LLC, Ronald Martis, managing director, Blue Royal Group of Companies, Anil Menezes - general manager, Al Nakheel Clearance, Johnson Lobo - general manager, Alia Insurance, past presidents Ullas Fernandes, Mamatha D'Souza, Godwin Castelino, Joel Saldanha, Blasius D'Souza, Josna Martis, Lee Almeida and Vivian Fernandes were the dignitaries of the event. Konkan Yuva president Viyon Robin Veigas welcomed the gathering, Anisha Almeida rendered the vote of thanks, and sports secretary Johnson D'Souza administered the oath to the players.
The event started with a grand inaugural ceremony. The competition started with a march past following by tug-of-war, moonwalk, coconut smash, lagori, slow cycle race and so on. There weere other attractions as well where people went down the memory lane to their childhood when they saw a stall filled with Mangalurean delicacies like tambde gule, goli soda etc.
The event also included Mini Khel Mhel for kids which was an add-on to Konkan Yuva. The enthusiasm and participation energy of the children was simply marvellous.
As the tag line of the event said 'Revenchya uskyar mathiyeche Khel', this day made justice to it. The day was filled with a lot of entertainment like DJ, Konkan Tara brass band, Baila, flash mob, raffle draw, housie-housie, auction etc. From children to the youngsters and from youngsters to the senior citizens, all had the vibe of 'Amche Kodyal' in the land of UAE.
The overall championship was bagged by Loretto Friends. The first runners up trophy was won by Mattikatte United, and Merit Frieght team took home the 2nd runners up.
Konkan Tara team was awarded with fair play award.
The programme was compered by Ivy D'Souza and Anil Pinto. All Konkan Yuva Dubai executive members and members were present.