Mumbai is preparing for a major sporting event.

Sports fans may wish to takeflights to Mumbai in January to take in everything from tennis and basketball to athletics and football.

The city is hosting the Mumbai Games at the beginning of next year and the event has been officially launched this week.

Anyone who lives and works in the city is eligible to sign up to take part, so it should be a unique occasion that enhances the community and brings local people together.

It might also be a fascinating spectacle for foreign visitors who are planning to take a break in the Indian city next year.

Pullela Gophichand, brand ambassador for the Mumbai Games, commented: “What India needs most is a culture of playing sports that goes beyond excellence and becomes truly inclusive.”

He said he strongly endorses the concept of the Mumbai Games and suggested this could potentially be staged in the city every single year.

Mr Gophichand added that he is keen to see lots of local people sign up and compete.

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