Mumbai, August 29, 2023
In a remarkable display of unity, culture, and sportsmanship, the Pro Govinda League is all set to kick off at the prestigious NSCI Dome Worli on August 31, 2023. This grand event, under the esteemed guidance of Chief Minister Shri Eknath Shinde, and with the unwavering support of Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, promises to be a momentous occasion for the state of Maharashtra.
The Pro Govinda League has garnered substantial support from the Government of Maharashtra, the Sports Department, and the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). This collaborative effort has led to the participation of 14 teams representing Mumbai and Thane, all vying for the coveted championship title.
As a heartwarming gesture of inclusivity and solidarity, two exhibition matches have been organized - one for the women's group and another for the visually impaired group. These matches will showcase the true spirit of sportsmanship and determination.
Adding a vibrant cultural dimension to the event, captivating performances representing the rich culture and heritage of Maharashtra will be a special attraction for attendees. Anticipating a footfall of over 5000 enthusiastic Govindas and spectators, the organizers have ensured free access for all, making this event accessible to people from all walks of life.
Prominent figures from the political spectrum are expected to grace the event, including Shri Uday Samant, the Industries Minister of Maharashtra, and Sanjay Bansode, the Sports Minister. The Guardian Ministers of Mumbai, Shri Deepak Kesarkar and Mangal Prabhat Lodha, will also be present to witness this historic occasion. Furthermore, esteemed leaders, including MNS Chief Raj Thackeray and his son Amit Thackeray, have received invitations to partake in this celebration of unity and sportsmanship.
The Pro Govinda League is meticulously organized by the Dahi Handi Samanvay Samiti of Maharashtra and spearheaded by Shivsena Youth Leader Purvesh Sarnaik, whose visionary leadership has brought this concept to life. MLA Pratap Sarnaik, serving as Chief Advisor, played an instrumental role in making this event a reality through years of dedicated efforts and negotiations with the government.
In recognition of the exceptional talent and sportsmanship displayed, the league offers substantial prize money. The champion will be awarded a grand prize of 11 lacs, followed by 7 lacs for the runner-up, and 5 lacs and 3 lacs for the third and fourth-placed teams, respectively. Each participating team will receive an appreciation amount of 50,000. In addition, the women's and partially impaired teams will be awarded one lakh rupees each, demonstrating a commitment to inclusivity.
Purvesh Sarnaik, the League's Commissioner, shared these details, emphasizing the importance of fostering unity, sportsmanship, and preserving cultural heritage through events like the Pro Govinda League.
This event promises to be a remarkable celebration of culture, sports, and unity, bringing communities together under the banner of Govinda. We invite everyone to join us at the NSCI Dome Worli on August 31, 2023, for a day filled with excitement and camaraderie.
Purvesh Pratap Sarnaik