Inaugural edition of SFA Championships kicks off in New Delhi -
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Inaugural edition of SFA Championships kicks off in New Delhi 

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  • Day 1 began with athletes competing in shooting, squash and swimming 
  •         Captial’s quest for the “number one school in sports” begins with a spirited showcase

Khel Today Bureau 

New Delhi: Sports For All (SFA), India’s leading tech-enabled multi-sports school competition platform, today commenced with New Delhi’s inaugural edition of the SFA Championships. With record participation of athletes across the city, SFA Championships aims to unveil the city’s best sporting talent, discover the ‘number one school in sports’, and enable a platform for future champions to compete on a professional platform.

The opening day of the SFA Championships was held on the grounds of Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range (KSSR), DDA Squash and Badminton Stadium, and Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool Complex, all equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure.  

Reflecting on the profound impact of sports on youth, Mrs. Manmohan Kaur, Advisor to the Cost Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India, shared “Sports serve as a cornerstone in the holistic development of individuals, fostering not just physical well-being but also providing essential life skills such as discipline and teamwork. Witnessing the passion and determination exhibited by these budding athletes, I believe such championships are important in empowering talent and promoting a culture of sportsmanship and excellence,.for our country.”

The pulse of the competition resonated through the air as the crack of rifles and pistols set the tone for intense contests. Participants, ranging from U-12 to U-16 boys and girls, showcased their precision with the peep sight rifle and air pistol.

Vani Chauhan, a talented U-17 Shooter from Manavsthal School, shared her journey filled with dedication and triumphs “Seeing my cousin sister excel in shooting sparked my interest, and I’ve been practicing for 2.5 years. I started in Gurgaon and later moved to Delhi for nationals. Winning bronze across key competitions was a huge motivation to pursue further in sports. My aim is to play at the national level like my idol, Rhythm Sanghwan. Her journey inspires me, and discovering SFA Championships made me realize it’s a great platform for shooters like me.” 

Simultaneously, the squash courts echoed with the rapid movements and strategic plays of athletes across the U-9 to U-19 categories. Young swimmers plunged into the water with determination, competing in U-12 to U-15 categories of backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. 

Results for Day 1

Age group Event Gender Winner – Athlete & School – SFA ID Runners up – Athlete, School Second Runner up – Athlete & School Details of the win (Winner Record)
U-13 Singles Male Amarya Bajaj, Delhi Public School Jaivir Sinh, Shiv Nadar School, Gurugram Kiday Gupta, Pathways World School, Gurugram 3-0
U-11 Singles Female Saanvi Khatari, Kothari International School Noida Sector 50 Naina Verma, Shiv Nadar School, Gurugram Anika Bhatia, Pathways World School, Gurugram  
U-17 Singles Female Devashree Arora, Lotus Valley International School, Gurugram Vani Thind, Kothari International School Noida Sector 50   3-0
U-15  Singles Female Anya Sood, Kendriya Vidhyalaya RK Puram Sector 8 Maira Ghosh, Vasant Valley School Riddhi Khanna, Pathways World School, Gurugram 3-0
U-9  Singles Male Samar Saksena, Shiv Nadar School, Gurugram Abrahem Rauf, Pathways World School, Gurugram    
U-14 100 M Backstroke  Female Surymann Mahalwal, B.V.N. Pushp Vihar Dushyant Sharma, Delhi Public school, Morta   01:33:00
U-14 100 M Backstroke  Male Priyanandini Thakur, D.L.F. Public School Manasvi Kashyap, Queen Mary’s School Tis hazari Riya, Kendriya Vidyalay 01:50:03
U-16 100 M Backstroke  Male Yatharth Singh, Delhi Public School, Mathura Road Daksh Sharma, Delhi Public School, Morta Divyansh Baid, Pathways World School, Gurugram 01:34:06
U-12 50 M Backstroke Female Samaira Bhatty, Pathways World School, Gurugram Trisha Singh, Delhi Public School, Morta Aadya Soni, Shiv Nadar School, Gurugram 00:56:21
U-14 100 M Breastroke  Male Niel Tripathi, D.P.S. Vasundhra Dushyant Sharma, Delhi Public school, Morta   01:49:19
U-14 100 M Breaststroke Female Ira Gaur, D.L.F. Public School Samayra Yadav, Pathways World School,Gurugram Manasvi Kashyap, Queen Mary’s School,Tis Hazari 01:41:05
U-16 100 M Breastroke  Female Lavani Pradhant, Pathways World School, Gurugram Keisha Bhutiya, Pathways World School, Gurugram Aarya Saud, Pathways World School, Gurugram 01:55:03
U-12 50 M Breastroke Female Shrija Verma, Birla Vidya Niketan Samaira Bhatty, Pathways World School, Gurugram Rushda Siddiqui, St Andrews Scots Sr. Sec. School 01:03:57
U-19  Air Pistol Boys Hardik Bansal, Manav Sthali School, New Rajendra Nagar Saras,Sham Rock International School Tanish Sheoran, Dwarka International School 373
U-19  Air Pistol Girls Chhavi Singh, Gyan Mandir Public School Sanchi Goel, Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan  Riddhi Verma, Manav Sthali School, New Rajendra Singh 366

Anticipation mounts for Day 2, which will see the kickoff of football (U14, U16 & U18) and kabaddi competitions. The real-time updates, highlights, and exclusive behind-the-scenes moments, are available on our social media channels – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

SFA Championships is poised to make sports accessible for school athletes across the country, thereby empowering today’s talent to become the Champions of tomorrow. The journey to represent the country at the Olympics, is what SFA Championships is enabling for emerging athletes.  

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About Sports For All (SFA)

Sports For All (SFA) is India’s largest tech-enabled multi-sport grassroots competition platform. The vision is to make youth fall in love with sports through inspiring and joyful sporting experiences.Founders Rishikesh Joshi and Vishwas Choksi, since the inception of SFA in 2015, have determinedly focused on transforming and mobilizing school sporting championships in the country, by providing an inclusive, diverse, safe, and best-in-class platform for the youth to realize their fullest potential through sports.

SFA Championships, SFA’s flagship IP, brings forth the potential of large-scale multi-sporting competitions propelled by tech and data analytics. Being phygital in nature, the SFA Championships have today become the backbone of identifying sporting potential at the grassroots level. In 2023, SFA has pledged to encourage 150,000athletes to participate at 9 SFA Championships, across the cities of Indore, Dehradun, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Ahmedabad, to determine the number one school in sports”, in each city.

With a technology-led approach at its core, SFA enables the entire grassroots sport ecosystem via SFAPLAY.COM, a platform designed to empower and connect all stakeholders via statistics, data, analytics, match videos, content, performance management, and competition management systems.

SFA is the leading sports entrepreneurial venture empaneled with the Sports Authority of India (SAI). We have been the “official partner” of the Indian Olympic Association, enabling support for the Indian contingent to the Tokyo Olympics, 2020; Birmingham Commonwealth Games, 2022; Asian Games, 2022. SFA has been an integral team at the 36th National Games, Gujarat, 2022, the 37th National Games, Goa, 2023 and editions of Khelo India Youth Games in Haryana, Pune and Guwahati. In the year 2023, SFA signed on as the “powered by” sponsors for the Khelo India Youth Games, for the next five years.

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