| Someeta Kaur Sidhu | Ipoh, Malaysia | 17 Oct 2015 | Asia Samachar |
Dr Kerpal Singh Pannu was re-elected president for the second term at the Malaysia Singapore Sikh Sports Council (MSSSC).
Gurjeet Singh Rhande from Perak, who was previously the vice president, was made deputy president at its annual general meeting in Ipoh on 17 Oct. He takes over from ASP Habhajan Singh from Johor.
Amarjeet Singh from Selangor and Satwant Singh from Negeri Sembilan were reelected for the second term as vice-presidents.
The are joined by Sarban Singh from Selangor, Dr Kuldip Singh Sohan from Penang and Jasbere Singh from Kuala Lumpur.
Gurmit Singh Cheema retained the secretary post while Rajinderjeet Singh was re-elected as the treasurer for another term. Mahinder Singh retained his position as the assistant secretary.
The organisation was formed as the Malayan Sikh Sports Council (MSSC) on 31 July 1949 by a group of enthusiastic sports minded Sikhs with the intent to develop and promote sporting activities among the Sikh in Malaysia. In 1968, it was renamed MSSSC.
Since then, MSSSC has been organising sporting activities for Sikhs in Malaysia and Singapore, with the Gurdwara Cup as its signature event.
The first ever Gurdwara Cup hockey tournament took birth in Ipoh, Perak, in 1952.
The challenge trophy was presented to MSSC by the Police Sikh Temple, Ipoh. The silver trophy has become a symbol of hockey supremacy for Sikhs in Malaysia and Singapore.
Over the years, other games were introduced at the Gurdwara Cup such as football, badminton, netball and golf. As such, the Gurdwara Cup games were named as the Gurdwara Cup & Sikh Festival of Sports.
The 64th Gurdwara Cup & Sikh Festival of Sports held this year was hosted by Penang Sikh Association in Penang.
The 2016 event will be hosted by Negeri Sembilan Sikh Union in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.
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