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?Bridge less popular among women?

india Updated: Dec 07, 2006 15:06 IST
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IN THE game of mind and concentration dominated by men, a woman has proved her mettle. Kiran Nadar, a participant of the 48th Winter National Bridge Championship, has taken the lead from the day one of the event.

Bridge, a less popular game in the region, saw a huge participation for the last three days. Though the women’s participation is quite low in the championship, the participating eves are giving a tough challenge to their male adversaries.

Kiran Nadar, who does not remember the number of national events in which she had participated, said that the game is challenging and the youth should also play it. “It is unfortunate that the game fails to attract the youth. The challenges in this game are no less than any other mind game”, said Nadar.

Further, she said that the challenges in the game could be gauged from the fact that the winners had been mostly the IITians. Nadar took the lead on day one with 72 points.

On being asked about the lesser number of women participants in the important event like national-level championship, she said that women have not shown such commitment. “The lack of commitment is one of the reasons for the lesser
participation”, said Nadar.

When asked about the lack of popularity of bridge, she said that the need is to attract players from the school level. “In China it is a game very much known in schools. But we have no such things at the school level”, said Nadar.  

Having been participated in more than six international championships, Nadar said that this game needs proper support by associations and federations. Her best achievement was at Paris where she made it to the quarterfinals.