Platinum Stars

Platinum Stars Unearthed & Recognised
Harshvadan V Maroo

On the opening day of the 2003 Platinum Games in Nairobi, there was disbelief , pleasant surprise and pride as 194 Platinum Stars, paraded in a line and walked on the catwalk at the Mahajanwadi, to thunderous applause after receiving their individual Platinum Star Certificates. These stars were our own Oshwals who had at any time before, represented their country of residence anywhere in the world, at a National level in any sport, or had won a National Championship These included in Badminton 14 players, Bridge 20, Chess 5, Cricket 9, Cycling 1, Darts 2, Golf 6, Marathon 1, Green Bowling 2, Motor Rallying 9, Scrabble 2, Shooting 3, Snooker 3, Squash 13 , Swimming 61, Table Tennis 29, Taekwando 5, and in Tennis 9. Certificates were even forwarded to all identified Platinum Stars who lived abroad. When this project was conceived, it was thought that there maybe some 40 or 50 Oshwals who would fit the above definition of a Platinum Star. How wrong could one have been ! Unearthing the names was a task but once the momentum set in, the names began to roll in.

A Special Platinum Recognition Award was handed to stalwart Harilal Raishi Rupshi Shah as an Oshwal for his 35 years of unmatched service to Cricket for Kenya. He was Kenya team Captain, then East Africa World Cup Team Captain (1975), also once a Vice Chairman of Kenya Cricket Association, and past active International Cricket Council (ICC) committee member. He was a Treasurer of the ICC activities such as the development of cricket in Kenya and working at getting Kenya Test status in cricket. Jawahir Nathoo Shah, one of the finest and prolific batsman Kenya has produced, was very happy to have been at the Platinum Stars recognition ceremony.

Congratulations to our community for unearthing the Platinum Stars, and giving them a well deserved public recognition as well as documenting the list of their names. One star, Amar Ashwin Shah went onto represent Kenya in swimming at the Olympics ! Another , Piyush Zaverchand Gudka (ex Mombasa) successfully completed gruelling marathon runs in six continents within just eleven months in late 1990’s ! Two stars – Ajay Anil Shah and Anil Ashok Shah , are now professional golfers abroad. Arusha-based Jayant Shah had won the famous East African Safari Rally. Sunil Ramniklal Shah used to train our youngsters at table tennis in Nairobi and went onto to become an umpire for the International Table Tennis Federation. Bipin Mulji Shah had won a Kenya national snooker title. These are just a few names from the list below, to give a flavour for the sporting talent and potential in the community.If we were to update the 194 names list today, the number could be about 230 to 250.

The Platinum Stars recognition ceremony was a fitting ‘Salute to Our Forefathers’.

 

Platinum Stars’ List (2003)

 

 
Platinum Star - Name
Location (in 2003)
BADMINTON (14)
Anjali Kanti Gudka
Nairobi
 
Arvind Amratlal Vidhu Shah
Nairobi
 
Deepa Harshit Shah
Nairobi
 
Jay Rukesh Shashikant Shah
Kisumu
 
Jinesh Vinod Bhimji Shah
London
 
Narendra Karamshi Kanji Shah
London
 
Nishil Vinod Bhimji Shah
London
 
Nitin Amratlal Vidhu Shah
Nairobi
 
Pritesh Ashok Shah
London
 
Priya Shailesh Shah
Nairobi
 
Raaj Bipin Nathalal Shah
Kisumu
 
Rajesh Shah
London
 
Ramnik Hansraj Shah
Nairobi
 
Sandip Lalji Shah
Kisumu
 
 
 
BRIDGE (20)
Ajit D Shah (AD)
Mombasa
 
Aruna Chandrakant Shah
Nairobi
 
Ashwin Champshi Shah
Nairobi
 
Bena Shah
Nairobi
 
Bina Mahendra V C Shah
Nairobi
 
Chandni Rohet Shah
Nairobi
 
Chuni D Shah (CD)
Mombasa
 
Dipak Meghji Ladha Gudka
Nairobi
 
Jayantilal Keshavji Haria
Nairobi
 
Kamal Keshavlal Shah
Nairobi
 
Minesh Kirti Lalji Shah
London
 
Paresh Amritlal Shah
Nairobi
 
Prafulla Ashwin Shah
Nairobi
 
Ramniklal Khetshi Devshi Shah
Nairobi
 
Ramula Kumar Shah
Nairobi
 
Rohet Champshi Tejpar Shah
Nairobi
 
Rohit Velji Vaja Malde
Mombasa
 
Rohit Zaverchand Chandaria
Mombasa
 
Shantilal Raishi Shah
Nairobi
 
Sobhagchand Premchand Maroo
Nairobi
 
 
 
CHESS (5)
Deep Prasmit Hansraj Bid
Nairobi
 
Nehal Ashok Mulchand Shah
Nairobi
 
Prashil Prasmit Hansraj Bid
Nairobi
 
Sayyam Shashi Shah
Nairobi
 
Sharan Shashi Shah
Nairobi
 
 
 
CRICKET (9)
Bharat Nemchand Shah
Nairobi
 
Divyesh Suresh Shah
Nairobi
 
Harilal Raishi Rupshi Shah
Nairobi
 
Jagoo (Chandrakant) Shah
London
 
Jawahir Nathoo Shah
Nairobi
 
Prashant Dhirajlal Shah
France
 
Ravindu Dhirajlal Shah
Nairobi
 
Sudhir Nathoo Shah
London
 
Vishvesh Dhirajlal Shah (Pepe)
Nairobi
 
 
 
CYCLING (1)
Bejul Rajnikant Shah
Nairobi
 
 
 
DARTS (2)
Bharat Ranmal Juthalal Shah
Nairobi
 
Rajan Devshi Mulji Shah
Nairobi
 
 
 
GOLF (6)
Ajay Anil Mohanlal Shah
Nairobi
 
Anil Ashok Zaverchand Shah
Nairobi
 
Bhavnish Dinesh Chandaria
Nairobi
 
Damoo Prawin D Shah
Mauritius
 
Darshan Mahesh Chandaria
Nairobi
 
Rasik Narshi Shah
Nairobi
 
 
 
GREEN BOWLING (2)
Kirtikant P Shah
Mombasa
 
Tara Chandulal Shah
Mombasa
 
 
 
MARATHON (1)
Piyush Zaverchand Khimji Gudka
London
 
 
 
 
 
 
MOTOR RALLYING (9)
Bimal Harakhchand Shah
Nairobi
 
Himanshu Shah
Nairobi
 
Jayant Nathalal Shah
Arusha
 
Kantilal Narshi Shah
London
 
Manoj Shah
Nairobi
 
Nishit Shah
Nairobi
 
Sailesh Ratilal Shah
Nairobi
 
Shailen Shah
Nairobi
 
Vinodrai Kachra Shah
Nairobi
 
 
 
SCRABBLE(2)
Niraj Dhirajlal Shah
London
 
Purvi Shah
Kisumu
 
 
 
SHOOTING (3)
Ketan Keshavlal Shah
Nairobi
 
Riten Nemchand Punja Shah
Nairobi
 
Shitul Fulchand Shah
Nairobi
 
 
 
 
 
 
SNOOKER (3)
Bipin Mulji Shah
Nairobi
 
Nikunj Rajnikant Z . Shah
Nairobi
 
Sangeet C.Z. Shah
Nairobi
 
 
 
SQUASH (13)
Amar Bhupendra Shah
Nairobi
 
Ashok Devchand Shah
Nairobi
 
Chirag Arun Keshavlal Shah
London
 
Harshida Waters
Nairobi
 
Harshil Nandlal Shah
London
 
Jay Dilip Mokar Shah
Kisumu
 
Kanti Vershi Haria
Nairobi
 
Lata Gulabchand Bid
Nairobi
 
Madhu Motichand Shah
USA
 
Mehul Manilal Zaverchand Shah
London
 
Paras Kaushik Shah
London
 
Sujay Rohet Champshi Shah
Nairobi
 
Vishal Arun Keshavlal Shah
London
 
 
 
SWIMMING (61)
Abhinav Navin Shah
Nairobi
 
Amar Ashwin Velji Shah
Nairobi
 
Amish Mahesh Ladha Shah
Nairobi
 
Ankita Jayesh Shah
Mombasa
 
Aveer Kishore Shah
Nairobi
 
Ayush Milan Shah
Nairobi
 
Deep Rohit Shah
Nairobi
 
Dharmesh Chandulal Shah
Nairobi
 
Dhrupa Dipak Gulabchand Bid
Nairobi
 
Dhruvi Kamlesh Hansraj Shah
Nairobi
 
Dimple Prakash Shantilal Haria
Nairobi
 
Dinny Suresh Fulchand Shah
Nairobi
 
Hema Dipak Gulabchand Bid
Nairobi
 
Heeral Ramesh Shah
Nairobi
 
Hinal D Shah
Nairobi
 
Hinal Nitish Shah
Nairobi
 
Jay M Shah
Nairobi
 
Jayni Jayantilal Karman Haria
Nairobi
 
Jigna Malde
Nairobi
 
Jilna A. Shah
Thika
 
Kamal Vinod Karamshi Shah
Nairobi
 
Kavita Nilesh Lalji Shah
Nairobi
 
Kavit Mayur Khimji Shah
Nairobi
 
Kush Bharat Khimji Shah
Nairobi
 
Kushal Kantilal Z. Shah
Nairobi
 
Mandeep Vijay Shah
Nairobi
 
Mihir Rajesh Shah
Nairobi
 
Mitul Harish Ratilal Shah
Nairobi
 
Naman Vijay Shah
Nairobi
 
Neel Dilip Shah
Nairobi
 
Neel Sharad Shah
Nairobi
 
Nikhil Rajesh Savla
Nairobi
 
Nikisha Saulen Gudka
Nairobi
 
Nilma Shah
Nairobi
 
Nirav Sudhir Shah
Nairobi
 
Nishal Chandulal Shah
Nairobi
 
Preet Manilal Shah
Nairobi
 
Priyanka Tushar Harilal Shah
Nairobi
 
Priyav Dhirajlal Shah
Nairobi
 
Rahul Dilip A.P. Shah
Nairobi
 
Rakhee S. Shah
Thika
 
Raj Ravindra Shah
Mombasa
 
Riten Rasiklal Ramji Shah
Mombasa
 
Ritesh Rumit Shah
Nairobi
 
Romi Samir Somchand Sumaria
Nairobi
 
Ronak Sanjay Malde
Nairobi
 
Rupam Sunil Meghji Nathoo
Nairobi
 
Rushabh Jitesh Shah
Nairobi
 
Sachin Mahendra Shah
Nairobi
 
Sagar Samir Shantilal Shah
Nairobi
 
Sarang Mahendra Shah
Nairobi
 
Savan Kalpesh Shah
Thika
 
Savan Kamal Shah
Nairobi
 
Savan Rajesh Shah
Nairobi
 
Shivam Jitesh Shah
Nairobi
 
Shonil Samir Somchand Sumaria
Nairobi
 
Sita Paresh Shah
Nairobi
 
Sonam Prakash Shantilal Shah
Nairobi
 
Viral Rohit Shah
Nairobi
 
Yatri Kalpesh Shah
Thika
 
 
 
TABLE TENNIS (29)
Adarsh Kiran Gulab Shah
Nairobi
 
Ashish Harshad Shah
Nairobi
 
Beju Manu Shah
Nairobi
 
Bharat Velji Shah
Nairobi
 
Bimal Hemraj Haria
Nairobi
 
Deep Samir A.P. Shah
Nairobi
 
Dipan Hasmukh Shah
London
 
Harshil Mahesh Ladha Shah
Nairobi
 
Harshit Shantilal Raichand Gudka
Nairobi
 
Hitesh Dhanji Shah
Nairobi
 
Hitesh Shantilal Devshi Shah
London
 
Jay Ramesh Shah
Mombasa
 
Jinita Azad Shah
Mombasa
 
Kushil Hanish Shah
Nairobi
 
Mayur Velji Shah
Nairobi
 
Miren Bharat Lalji Shah
Nairobi
 
Neel Arun Shah
Mombasa
 
Paras Chandulal Dodhia
London
 
Paras Sunil Shah
Mombasa
 
Parit Azad Shah
Mombasa
 
Payal Vinod Karamshi Shah
Nairobi
 
Priya Mahesh Keshavji
Mombasa
 
Priyal Sunil Shah
Mombasa
 
Sajni Ramesh Meghji Gudka
London
 
Savan Bharat Lalji Shah
Nairobi
 
Shivendu Dilip Shah
Nairobi
 
Sunil Ramniklal Premchand Shah
London
 
Trushant Hasmukh Shah
London
 
Vishal Gulab Lakhamshi Shah
London
 
 
 
TAEKWANDO (5)
Jaivin Kishore Shah
Nairobi
 
Ravi Ajitkumar Shah
Nairobi
 
Sawan Ashok Shah
Nairobi
 
Shrenik Jitendra Dodhia
Nairobi
 
Vishaal Shashi Shah
Nairobi
 
 
 
TENNIS (9)
Jinal Sailesh Shah
Mombasa
 
Meera Mahesh Keshavji Chandaria
Mombasa
 
Mili C.D. Shah
Mombasa
 
Miren Dilip Shah
Nairobi
 
Namita Kanti R Shah
London
 
Nishal Zaverchand Visaria
Nairobi
 
Pareet Hitesh Raichand Shah
Nairobi
 
Sonia Mahesh Chandaria
Mombasa
 
Vandan Kirtesh Shah
Nairobi