Brief History of Kila Raipur Sports Festival (Punjab)

Brief History of Kila Raipur Sports Festival (Punjab)

79th Kila Raipur Sports Festival 2015 was from 29th January till 1st of February. During visit we had an opportunity to meet and talk with Jagbir Grewal – Organizer of Grewal Sports Association (an autonomous body having 150 members) and Kila Raipur sports festival. Upon query about the History of Kila Raipur games he shared knowledge as follows:

In 1932-33 our ancestors from Kila Raipur and nearby villages visited Amritsar to play games and won a cup – which is till date with us. After winning the cup great grand father and his group of friends collectively decided to start games here at Kila Raipur. Thus, Kila Raipur Sports festival started – currently 79th year.

Kila Raipur stadium is a self-owned stadium i.e., a private stadium. I – Jagbir Grewal joined as a member in 1990 about 25 years ago. Sukhvir Grewal is the chief organizer of Kila Raipur Sports Festival.

Our future plans are to make it a big sports academy by installing hockey turf, tracks for athletics but we need support though we have members related to sports. Currently corporate such as Maruti Suzuki, MRF are the main title sponsors. The very first time when we visited a corporate Coca Cola – we recieved Rs. 50,000. Later we hired event management company for sponsorship requirements.

In this 79th game athletics, kabaddi, hockey, horse race, dog race, traditional games are the major events. We also invited singers from Punjab for entertainment evenings.

This festival years ago was participated by great grandfather and grandfather also. They played Hockey, Kabaddi. My father Apchal Singh Grewal represented Punjab in hockey during pre-partition. My uncle represented Punjab University in Hockey. And my big brother Rupinder Grewal was the first person to be selected for Indian Airlines hockey team. Sukvir Grewal – current chief organizer played for India in 1978 Asian Games and was the coach of Indian Hockey Team 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. I too played hockey in college and university. Hockey is somewhat like our family game.

I question have you met great hockey legend – Dhyanchand.

He said – Yes and even met Ashok Dhyanchand – son of legendary Dhyanchand.

Fantastic history. Thanks for sharing. And we proceed towards the stadium office to watch history represented via framed photographs.