The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Tanzania Tops the 32nd Lohana Festival

Dar es Salaam dominated the 32nd Lohana Sports and Cultural Festival which ended in a style at the Dar es Salaam Water World with the fun day picnic on December 27.

They were followed by Nairobi, Mombasa, Mwanza and Nakuru.Dar were the overall winners in badminton, throwball, swimming, marathon and football and were runners up in darts, and volleyball.

Nairobi won golf, table tennis and were runners up in cricket, badminton and throwball.Mombasa Centre showed their class in Cricket, and were runners up in table tennis, marathon and swimming.

Mwanza won in volleyball while Nakuru were runners up in golf.Subhash Modi the publicity officer and convener of the festival said this year's edition, highly praised by Vikram Kanji, chairman Mombasa Lohana Mahajan Manda, was hosted by Dar es Salaam Lohana Mahajan Mandal.

Jointly funded by East African Lohana Centres under Dar es Salaam Lohana Mahajan president Parag Somaiya, secretary general Manish Rughani, festival chairman Nitesh Suchak, festival secretary Situ Ramji, festival convenors, festival executive committee, the festival saw seven centres from East Africa - Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu, Kampala, Mwanza and Dar es Salaam take part.

Modi, a former international cricket umpire was honoured with the "Life Time Achievement Award" by Rughani.Commendations also went to Chandni Somaiya, convener for cultural and decorations, Sona Thakrar, Sapna Dawda and Kiran Suchak at the registration desk for a job well done in the seating arrangements for VIPs, dignitaries and officials.

In response, Modi said it was a great honour to receive the award. Others honoured with the SG's sporting award for representing the country in different sports and for performances included Nikita Dawda, Kenya's rising tennis star. Rughani confirmed the next festival will be at the Kampala Lohana Mahajan Mandal in 2014.

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