In June, Ismailis from centres across the Far East region gathered in Penang, Malaysia — known as the Pearl of the Orient — for a sports day event that coincided with Father’s Day. Organised by the Ismaili Council for the Far East, the event drew some 120 people of all ages from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, as well as Penang.
Numerous activities were organised, but badminton and table tennis were the centrepiece competitions. Enthusiastic participants had been meeting regularly in their own cities to practice in the weeks leading up to the sports day.
The event opened on a hot and sticky day at Penang’s Complex Belia Dan Sukan. But the participants did not let the sweltering weather hold them back, and got right into an energetic morning exercise ahead of their matches. Competitions held included the women’s and men’s singles and doubles events and a mixed doubles event for both badminton and table tennis.
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