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Adventure and sports in Indian Army

A LARGE organisation like the Indian Army with a body of men who take physical activity seriously is bound to throw up athletes of distinction. Lt Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is just a tip of an iceberg. With rigorous training and stringent discipline over the years, the Indian Army has given to the country, a fairly good number of world-class sportspersons.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2006 22:50 IST
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A LARGE organisation like the Indian Army with a body of men who take physical activity seriously is bound to throw up athletes of distinction. Lt Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is just a tip of an iceberg. With rigorous training and stringent discipline over the years, the Indian Army has given to the country, a fairly good number of world-class sportspersons.

A large number of Army personnel remain enduringly stationed on the country’s borders. The terrain there, along with the equipment already held by the formations, automatically provide rugged conditions for adventure training and sports.

Mountaineering, rock climbing, white water rafting, skiing, parachuting, kayaking are some sports activities, which also find operational use. With very little extra support hang gliding, hot air ballooning, and microlite aircraft flying find enthusiastic volunteers flocking to join up.

Canoes and kayaks have been used for travel and transportation for a long time not only by the Army but also by people of many cultures.

Originally, canoes and kayaks were built of such materials as wood (covered with bark) and whalebone (covered with animal skins), but now they are usually constructed of molded plastic and fiberglass, aluminum alloys (mixtures of metals), and other materials.

During a field posting, these sports help in a major way to de-stress. Recently a group of adventurous sappers sailed round the world in a small yatch - The Trishna. This courageous and carefree group exemplifies the spirit of the Indian Army.

EME Kabaddi Team Brings Laurels
The EME Kabaddi team of 3 EME Centre, Bhopal brought laurels by defeating tough opponents ‘Lucky Wonders’, Indore in the final match of All India Kabaddi tournament at Ujjain. Twenty-four teams from various parts of the country participated in the event.

They fought well and with the loaded spirit of ‘Fight for prestige’. The main teams among them were SBI Mumbai, SAI Mumbai, Union Bank Mumbai, Rajasthan Roadways (Jaipur), Lucky Wonders Indore and Mumbai Corporation, Mumbai.

The coach of the EME team Nb Sub Bhaskeran E is a NIS qualified coach and national referee who has been training the team under proper guidance and strict supervision of Col RK Gupta, Commanding Officer, 3 Tech TRg Bn, 3 EME Centre, Bhopal. Col Ramesh Bakshi. Officiating Commandant 3 EME Centre felicitated the Corps Kabaddi team for becoming Champions by winning the All India Kabaddi Tournament.

Did you know?
AT A party, no matter how hungry you are and however late the hour, don’t make your onslaught on food look as if it is the ‘Last Supper’. Save your concentration, ferocity and mayhem for combat, the squash court, duels or wood chopping. Also don’t make your platter resemble a pyramid of food.

It is neater and more civilized to go for smaller and frequent helping, not cluttering your plate with a little bit of EVERY dish on the table at the same time. One of the things that set homo-sapiens apart from the Neanderthal is the way we eat. No one wants to SEE what is being chewed. So keep your mouth closed while eating. The columnist can be reached at ambreen2you@yahoo.co.in