Baljit Rihal invited to Downing Street by Prime Minister
Baljit Rihal, co-founder of the Asian Football Awards, was amongst a select list of UK Sikhs invited by The Prime Minister to a Vaisakhi reception at 10 Downing Street this week.
Baljit, a football agent with Inventive Sports, joined other guests, including England cricketer Monty Panesar, England junior hockey star Ashpal Bhogal, Lord Indarjit Singh of Wimbledon, and Baroness Warsi, chairman of the Conservative Party, to celebrate the achievements of Britain’s Sikh community.
In his opening address, David Cameron said: “Sikhs number approximately 700,000 people in the UK, their representation in all aspects of British Society show that they punch well above their weight.”
Recognised on the day for his long running involvement with Her Majesty’s Judiciary, and playing a key role in establishing the Asian Football Awards, Baljit said: “Vausakhi is the one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar and it’s very humbling that the Prime Minister hosted such an event at the UK’s seat of power.
“To be involved in a reception with such high-profile guests was both an honour and a privilege. I used this opportunity to talk about the projects I am involved in regarding Asians in Football. The Prime Minister mentioned that he had heard about The Asian Football Awards and was impressed that we had the support of The Football Association.”