Sydney, 24 March 2016 — More than 1 000 athletes, spectators and volunteers from across Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea are gathering for the 2016 ANZ Ismaili Sports Tournament (IST), which starts today and continues through Sunday.
Athletes will compete in 14 sports including basketball, cricket, soccer, swimming, and track and field. Many non-sport activities have also been organised, such as family games and races, seniors activities and kids’ sports clinics.
Although some sports events kick off today, the opening ceremony will take place on Friday morning. Evening entertainment over the next few days will include garba and mela nights as well as a youth café.
While competitive sport is the focus of IST, the theme of One Jamat, No Boundaries speaks to the overwhelming spirit of unity in which the ANZ Jamat will gather and celebrate over the coming days.
“The ANZ Jamat is distributed across three countries with significant geographical spread and so this event is that opportunity to reconnect and reunite the jamats under one banner and one focus,” says Nizar Kabani, Youth and Sports Member on the Ismaili Council for Australia and New Zealand. “This is also a truly unique flagship event where an ever growing number of volunteers from different centres will be working side by side.”