The Times of India: Flying disc enthuses sporty Amdavadis
Flying disc enthuses sporty Amdavadis
12 Apr 2009, 2336 hrs IST, TNN
Ahmedabad: Frisbee has the caught fancy of the citizens these days. An event organised by Ahmedabad Ultimate (AU), a sports body of city-based NGO Indicorps got good response with more than seven teams from various parts of the city, including children, students, professionals, BPO employees and even homemakers participating on Sunday.
AU is also going to organise a six-week camp for interested enthusiasts from the middle of the next month where game coaches from US and the UK will come down and train players and coaches in the rules of the game and playing techniques. The camp is free for all.
Jaidip Patel, an NRG and co-ordinator for the event, told TOI that the response on Sunday was encouraging. “It exceeded our expectations. This is precursor for our bigger plans for the future, including a meet of various national and international teams in the city. We have been training sports enthusiasts for a month now and they are catching up fast,” he said.
Patel, who was a member of his UK college team, said that as the game is inexpensive, played by all and requires basic skills, it is selected as a tool for social integration and to spread the ethos of brotherhood and sportsmanship. “It is one game where there is no referee. The player himself declares a foul and decisions are also taken by team members. There is no competition between teams but a feeling of supporting each other. The game was enjoyed in its 2007 edition by local volunteers,” said Patel.
Kunal Mahajan, 24, a computer engineer based in Seattle, who participated in the game on Sunday, said that it was an experience to cherish. “We did a lot of activities from the exercises to coaching sessions to games. Enthusiasm was at its peak. We had employees of three prominent BPOs along with a team from Maninagar. We also had players from Ashram Shala of Gandhi Ashram, residents of nearby areas, Law Garden and Gulbai Tekra with us. The participants’ age also varied from 16 to 46,” he said. He added that the teams are raring to go in the future tournaments.