The 3rd All Zoroastrian Men and Women Arm Wrestling Competition was held on 15th December, 2018, at Parsee Gymkhana, Mumbai. Prepped with a podium table fitted with upholstered elbow pads and pins, the competition witnessed participants from Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Surat, Navsari and Ahmedabad. The event commenced with the weigh-in of the participants that further facilitated allotting them into 1 and 6 categories for men and women, respectively. Staying true to their tradition, the oldest participant, 88-year-old, Rumi Taraporevala started the event by cutting the ribbon, amidst a cheering crowd of 300 spectators. Conducted under the able supervision of the officials of the Maharashtra Arm Wrestling Association, the event witnessed 11-year-old, Ariana Parabia of Surat giving her competitors a good fight in the Women Open category, being felicitated with an ‘Encouragement Prize’.
The finals was chaired by Chief Guest and Captain of Indian women’s Rugby 7s and 15s team, Vahbiz Bharucha who has played 14 National and 12
International tournaments and is also the recipient of Doordarshan Sahyadri Hirkani Award 2016 and Phoenix Leading Lady Award 2017. The event concluded with a vote of thanks to the organisers, President and the committee members of Parsee Gymkhana, especially Khodadad Yazdegardi, Hoshang Katrak, Hamavan Shroff, Minoo Khan, Mehli Golvala; Hutoxi Doodhwala; Behram Irani; Rustom Jasoomoney; Vivek Chappakar; sponsors, Viraf Chiniwala of Veldon Coats; Advocate Armaity Khushrooshahi of Dunnes Institute; Khodadad Irani of WIBS Bakery and paramedic staff and the Parsi Ambulance division.
Photos Courtesy: Sarosh Daruwalla