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Go Go-Karting: National Championship held in Powai


Regarded by some as a game for rich kids with time and money to burn,. go-karting has recently started to gain a following in India, and particularly, in Mumbai. With sponsorship pouring in from rich entrepreneurs and business houses, the game is beginning to take on a glossy look. These business houses are starting to realise the potential of the game.

The National Go-Karting Championship was organised for the first time in India at the Hiranandani Gardens, Powai. Though very limited areas in India have access to go-karting tracks, the response for the championship was overwhelming. Surinder Hiranandani, of Hiranandani Group along with Hari Singh, the famous go-karter, inaugurated the event.

Speaking on the occasion, Hiranandani said, "It is a moment of pride for the Hiranandani Group that we could come with a event like this and that too for the first time in India. I am glad that people have shown an interest in the championship. We promise to bring to you many more events like this, which will enhance people's interest in go-karting all over the country." The crowd present at the event was very encouraging. Participants were thrilled yet nervous. Ameya Walavarkar, a participant in the under 55 kg category said, "I am a bit nervous, as I know the competition is going to be very tough, and all the competitors are equally good. But I have faith in myself. I will give it my best shot."

Seven different championships were held according to different weight categories. The Ladies Go-karting championship, for those above 18 years was also held, where Noor Jehan Anees was the winner. She received prize money worth Rs. 5000. The prize money was sponsored by J.K. Tyres. Three over-all winners at the championships, Ashok N Jadav (1st), Asif Nazir ( 2nd) and Ameya Walavalkar (3rd), are eligible for the Grand Final which is going to be held in Delhi on 22nd December 2000.

By: Sharmistha Chakraborty
Photographer: Uma Kadam




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