PERAK dethroned 13-time winner Kuala Lumpur to become overall champion at the annual Malaysia/Singapore Sikh Festival of Sports challenge.
The silver state secured 20 points to pip Kuala Lumpur by a point on the final day of the festival known as the Gurdwara Cup held at the Penang Sports Club.
Besides Perak and Kuala Lumpur, others competing in the four-day event were Johor, Negri Sembilan, Selangor, Kedah, Penang, Singapore and the Royal Malaysian Police Sikh Sports Association (RMPSSA).
They competed in seven events – badminton, netball, golf, hockey (junior and senior categories) and football (junior and senior categories).
Perak emerged champions in golf and football (junior category). They came in second in badminton and football (senior category) and third in hockey (both senior and junior categories).
That was enough to see off the challenge from Kuala Lumpur, who were the winners in football (senior category) and hockey (junior and senior categories).
For the record, Kuala Lumpur were deemed invincible since 2002 before the downfall. The city side even had their ‘name’ engraved on the Singapore Khalsa Association Trophy.
They looked set to continue their dominance after a strong finish in the three sporting events which they won during the initial stage of the festival, but Perak had other ideas in ending Kuala Lumpur’s reign.
They only picked up their first title at the eleventh hour through their golfers, who returned with the lowest score of 304 points. Singapore and Negri Sembilan came in second and third with a score of 309 points and 314 points respectively.
The silver state picked up their second title when they handed Selangor a 3-0 defeat in the football (junior category). Perak also came close to being crowned champions in two other events.
They lost 0-2 to Negri Sembilan in the badminton final and lost 2-4 on penalties after holding Kuala Lumpur to a 1-1 draw in regulation time during the football (senior category) final. The KL squad however had reasons to be proud after beating Perak in an entertaining final in the football senior category. The game ended 1-1 at regulation time and extra time did not produce any goals. However the city boys held their nerve to win on spot kicks.
The turning point for the overall honours came in the hockey events, where Perak managed to pick precious points after finishing third in both the junior and senior events.
For Kuala Lumpur, their last defeat was in 2001 and they will be all out to regain the overall champions title when the tournament is hosted by Negri Sembilan next year.
Golf: 1. Perak (304 pts); 2. Singapore (309 pts); 3. Negri Sembilan (314 pts).
Badminton: Negri Sembilan bt Perak (2-0); 3rd placing: Selangor bt Kuala lumpur (2-0).
Netball: Selangor bt Kuala Lumpur (25-22); 3rd placing: Penang bt Perak (23-21).
Football (Junior): Perak bt Selangor (3-0); 3rd placing: Kuala Lumpur bt Singapore (3-0).
Football (Senior): Kuala Lumpur bt Perak (4-2 on penalties; FT: 1-1); 3rd placing: Negri Sembilan bt Selangor (3-0 on penalties; FT: 0-0).
Hockey (Junior): Kuala Lumpur bt Negri Sembilan (4-1); 3rd placing: Perak placed third after emerging best finisher in the round robin.
Hockey (Senior): Kuala Lumpur bt RMPSSA 6-1; 3rd placing: Perak bt Selangor (6-5 on penalties; FT: 0-0).
ROLL OF HONOUR
Best Sikh Sportman 2014: Navraj Singh (Athletics); Most Promising Sikh Sportman 2014: (three winners): Jasraj Singh Dhanoa (cricket), Shaunvinder Singh (cricket) and Ishaan Singh (Tennis);
Hockey Senior Fair Play Trophy - Johor; Soccer Senior Fair Play Trophy - Perak; Netball Fair Play Trophy - Penang.