Plano to kick off United States Ismaili Games tomorrow

Almost two thousand competitors from around the country will come to Plano this weekend to compete in a variety of events during the USIG.

The Ismaili Council for the Central United States is hosting The United States Ismaili Games in North Texas this weekend, with an opening ceremony at Plano Sports Authority 2 on Friday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.

The United States Ismaili Games brings together almost 2,000 athletes from around the country in chess, pickleball, badminton, basketball, hardball cricket, women’s cricket, esports, flag football, golf, world cup soccer, spikeball, softball, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, throwball, track and field, ultimate frisbee, international volleyball, traditional volleyball and wrestling.

Sports will be hosted in venues around the Dallas area, with squash being held at Lifetime Plano and others in McKinney, Carrollton, Southlake, Irving and Lewisville.

The event is organized by the Shia Ismaili Muslim community to promote healthy living and celebrate the diversity of the Ismaili community.

“A core objective of the United States Ismaili Games is to promote the values of sportsmanship and healthy competition and to foster a sense of community,” a press release said.

The United States games are part of a series of festivals that are being held around the world in preparation for the Global Encounters Festival, which will be held in Dubai in 2024.

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