member of lok sabha, manoj tiwari playing table tennis with lawyers at THC

In the bustling heart of Delhi, amidst the tireless pursuit of justice, an extraordinary event unfolded in February 2024. The Delhi Bar Association (DBA) proudly hosted Khel-Utsav 2024, a landmark sports event that brought together Judges, lawyers, and Court Staff in a vibrant display of camaraderie and sportsmanship.

This wasn’t just a competition; it was a testament to the unwavering vision of Hony. Secretary, Atul Kumar Sharma. He recognized the immense burden lawyers and Court Staff carry, and his belief in the restorative power of sportsmanship became the cornerstone of Khel-Utsav.

The journey wasn’t easy. Building the RK Taneja Sports Complex at the western wing of Tis Hazari courts, Delhi, was a feat in itself. But with unwavering determination, Team DBA, under Nitin Ahlawat (President, DBA) & Atul Kumar Sharma’s guidance, not only constructed the complex but also ensured the installation of a Badminton Court – a testament to their dedication.

Behind the scenes, I, along with the invaluable guidance of Atul Kumar Sharma, BL Madhukar, Ashish Sharma, and JS Rana (Advocates), meticulously planned and executed every detail. Coordinating a large event requires seamless teamwork, and this one was no exception. Integrating new members like Sudhanshu Rajput and Sahil Puri (Treasurer, DBA) presented a challenge, but their late arrival was quickly overshadowed by their immense contributions. From ensuring smooth gameplay to meticulously keeping score, they were instrumental in the event’s success. Managing 300 calls a day during the event could have been overwhelming, but Member Executive, Pradeep Nagar’s invaluable mentorship helped me navigate social tensions and made the entire experience, though challenging, ultimately very rewarding. This experience reinforces the importance of clear communication, a reliable team, and a supportive mentor in pulling off a truly grand event. The month-long event culminated in a grand finale graced by Chief Guest, Manoj Tiwari, Lok Sabha Member.

But the true magic unfolded on the court. The electrifying atmosphere resonated with the competitive spirit of Badminton, Table Tennis, Chess, and Carrom. Even the esteemed Chief Guest, Manoj Tiwari, couldn’t resist the lure of the games, engaging in a friendly match of Badminton and Table Tennis with Nitin Ahlawat.

President Ahlawat’s active participation throughout the 30-day event embodied the spirit of Khel-Utsav. It was a celebration of unity, a break from the daily grind, and a powerful reminder that mental well-being is paramount, even in the demanding world of law.

Khel-Utsav 2024 was more than just a sporting event; it was a beacon of hope. It proved that amidst the rigorous pursuit of justice, there’s space for camaraderie, laughter, and the joy of competition. It was a tribute to the unwavering vision of a leader and the tireless efforts of a team, all for the well-being of the legal fraternity. The echoes of Khel-Utsav 2024 will undoubtedly resonate for years to come, inspiring future endeavors that weave sportsmanship into the very fabric of the legal community.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the next Khel-Utsav 2.0! Feel free to reach out to me, for any questions.

By Shubham Gaur

First generation lawyer, My passion for the legal field is what drives my work. I enjoy helping people and getting to know them on a personal level. I believe in the motto 'You can make it if you try'! Alumni - Law Center - II, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi | Founder - The Legal Saints | Admin/ Managing - Delhi Bar Association Website

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