An Indian prince turns Aussie tiger


Prince Lakshyaraj becomes honorary member of Richmond Football Club; other honorary tigers include sprinter Usain Bolt and Indian actor Khushboo Sundar

Punt Road Oval, Richmond: Indian Prince and billionaire HRH Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar recently accepted the “Honorary Membership” of Richmond Football Club, and has agreed to help with promotion of Australian Rules Football or AFL Footy in India.

He joins world record holding Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, and South Indian actor-producer-politician Khushbu Sundar who are also “Honorary Members” of Richmond Tigers FC.

Prince Lakshyaraj—the scion of world’s oldest continuous royal dynasty—was granted Honorary Membership of Richmond Tigers in a special ceremony held at the MCG by Mr Simon Matthews from Richmond Football Club, in presence of Former Victorian Premier Hon. Ted Baillieu; former ministerial adviser Mr Nitin Gupta; Miss Rashi Kapoor (President—AIBC Victoria); AFL Adviser Mr Darpan Mittal; Celebrity Chef Thakur Dinesh Singh; Mr Manjit Singh Ginny (Sant Nirankari Mission); Mr Bhavesh Lakhatariya (Relief Hair Salon); AFL Ambassadors—Mrs Jeyashree Nishtala and Mrs Roshni Sharma; Mr Chase Dennis (Dennis Family Builders); Rana Ummi and few other staff from AFL and Richmond Tigers.

In his speech HRH Prince Lakshyaraj thanked Mr Gupta for introducing him to the AFL footy. He also thanked the management and staff at the Richmond Tigers FC and AFL for bestowing him with this honour, and said he looks forward to helping AFL grow in India.

Prince Lakshyaraj had visited Melbourne on invitation by Mr Nitin Gupta. During his Melbourne visit, he met with Mr Baillieu at the Old Treasury Building; had a meeting with Miss Kapoor; attended a networking evening followed by Dinner at the Pacific Pomeroy; visited the ISKCON Temple in Albert Park; was Guest of Honour at the Second Anniversary Celebrations at Selandra Rise Shopping Centre in Cranbourne; took a tour of Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne; had a networking lunch with Dennis Family group of Builders and Land Developers in Narre Warren; visited some upcoming land developments in Cranbourne and Westbrook areas; visited the Guide Dogs Headquarters; took a tour of La Trobe University; and also watched the Richmond Tigers V/S Sydney Swans AFL game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Prince Lakshyaraj earlier also took a tour of the Tiger’s home ground and club premises at Punt Road Oval. He was also given a welcome at Victorian Parliament by Shadow Minister for Industry Mr Craig Ondarchie MLC, and Hon. Bruce Atkinson MLC (President of the Legislative Council, Victorian Parliament).


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