The 10th Gayatri Devi Goenka Memorial Basketball Tournament 2018 was held at G.D. Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj, from 29th October till 5th November, 2018.
Over the years, Goenkan Invitational Tournament has gained tremendous popularity. It is played in League cum Knock Out format to ensure fresh teams too get a chance to play. The Invitational tournament has received tremendous support and enthusiasm in the city and this year 21 teams participated and showcased the best talent in Basketball. 12 Boys’ teams and 9 Girls’ teams played closely contested matches that exhibited tremendous speed, agility, skill and endurance. Seven days were filled with a lot of excitement, cheering, fun and high voltage athletic performances. These matches were organized under the technical expertise of officials from Delhi Basketball Association (under the aegis of Basketball Federation of India).
Principal, Mr. Sanjay Yadav, motivated the players to compete hard, foster the spirit of fair play, respect the game and also the opposition. Vice Principals, Mrs. Swadesh Kumar and Mr. Rajender Shah, through their continuous presence, ensured that all teams played in the true spirit of the game and raised the standards of their performance to greater heights.
Some outstanding matches were played in the quarter final and semifinal fixtures. As expected the final matches in boys’ and girls’ categories respectively raised much excitement and tension. The 2nd Runners Up trophy in Boys’ category was bagged by ITL Public School Dwarka; the 2nd Runners Up trophy in Girls’ category went to DPS, Vasant Kunj. New Green Fields School was declared 1st Runners Up in Boys’ category and ITL Public School in Girls’ category. The winners of the tournament were G.D.Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj, Girls’ team and G.D. Goenka, Vasant Kunj, Boys’ team.
Mrs Renu Goenka, Vice Chairperson, graced the occasion and awarded the champions with glittering trophies, gift certificates and mementoes at the Closing Ceremony of the Tournament. Awards for fair play, most promising player, most talented player were also given. All teams, coaches and officials were felicitated and Sports Department was appreciated for its efforts to ensure the success of the tournament.