Popular Coventry festival postponed days before thousands descend

Children taking part in races at the Vaisakhi mela
Children taking part in races at the Vaisakhi mela -Credit:Darren Quinton

Coventry's annual Vaisakhi sports festival and mela has been postponed. The event was originally supposed to take place on May 5 but has been moved to Sunday, August 25 at War Memorial Park.

The event has been postponed due to 'weather and ground conditions'. Many look forward to the annual fixture that has been held at War Memorial Park since 1996.

The Vaisakhi Sports Day attracts people from all across the Midlands, with crowds of up to 10,000 people in previous years. Families enjoy fun-filled activities including volleyball, football, kabaddi, gatkha demonstrations, exhibition matches, track events, tug of war, rounders, and much more.

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As well as all the sports to take part in, the event includes a fun fair with rides, food stalls, and arts and crafts to keep families entertained. The highlight of the event is the Langar, a communal meal that is provided all day from Sikh Gudwarwas.

A statement on their Instagram page stated: "Unfortunately, Sikh Union has had to postpone the Vaisakhi Mela and Sports Day. Please note the new date and we look forward to seeing you all."

The Sikh Union is a club with over 30 years of League Hockey experience, and currently runs two men's teams in the MRHA league. It has a growing youth academy for youngsters from age five to 16.

They organise several charity events throughout the year in the UK and overseas. They have recently visited Kenya to provide fresh water at Kwa Luma.

For more information about Sikh Union, visit the website.

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