ZYA Poona Beats The Heat With All-Pune Parsee Indoor Sports Tournament & Summer Camp

The Zoroastrian Youth Association (ZYA), Poona, partnered with J J Building Sports Committee to organise the very first chapter of the ‘All-Pune Parsee Indoor Sports Tournament’, over the last couple of weekends. Headed by Cyrus Malegamwala, the event had over 140 participants, from ages 10 to 78 years, vying to get top place competing in indoor games including Table Tennis, Carrom and Chess. The Parsi sportsmanship and fairness stood out as the young and old came together to show their skills.

 Pune philanthropists rose to the occasion, with Dinoo Framroze Patel donating a new Table Tennis table; Jimmy Patel sponsoring prizes for the winners and runners up; and Hormuz Pundol sponsoring watches. Kudos to Ardhaviraf Sinor, Mabrin Nanavati, Percy Ankleshwaria, Vispy Karkaria and Bakhtiar Narielwalla for organising an excellent event for Pune’s Parsis.

Title Winners
TT doubles Kaizad Irani & Sarossh Munsshi
TT Open Singles Rashid Khorshedi
Veteran >40 Singles Rashid Khorshedi
TT <14 Arhaan Karkaria
Carrom Doubles Rayomond Khambata & Farzaan Gocal
Chess Bezan Nanavatti


Pune’s Zoroastrian Youth Association also had over 30 Zoroastrian children participate in the week-long summer camp, held in May, in fun activities like plantation, art, dance and drama. The children were treated to breakfast each morning from several Parsi food establishments.

The ZYA summer camp was spearheaded by Farah and Arzaan Khambatta alongside dedicated volunteers – Nausheen, Pourush Irani, Saneya Dastur, Behnaz Nanavatti, Bezan Nanavatti, Vahbiz Nanavatti, Medioma Engineer – who ensured the children were well taken care of.

A sumptuous dinner on 7th May, 2023, marked the conclusion of the festivities with prize distribution for indoor games and a special dance performance by ZYA Summer Camp children. Donors were thanked and felicitated and were made to distribute the prizes onstage. All in all, an excellent endeavour by Pune’s ZYA and J J Building Sports Committee, which brought as many thrills to Pune Parsis, as chills in the summer!

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