Sachin Tendulkar to attend village sporting event in Kerala
Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will attend a rural sporting event in Coimbatore, Kerela to be held on tomorrow.
The tournament is organized by Swami Prabhodha, Chief coordinator, Isha Foundation to wean villagers from booze and smoking and for encouraging meaningful discussions amongst them on various subjects.
The ‘master blaster’ will present the trophies and prizes. Tendulkar is slated to witness the semi-finals and finals of the men’s volleyball and women’s throw ball events that will be played in the evening.
Swami Prabhoda said the rejuvenation camp is also aimed at dissuading seniors from meaningless gossip mongering, that sometimes leads to petty quarrels.
Later he would give away the trophy to the winners of the under-19 cricket match.
Swami Prabhodha said the annual camp had, to a certain extent weaned away rural people from liquor and gambling.
“This tremendous effort to rejuvenate the rural spirit and bring a culture of celebration into people’s lives through traditional village games like Kabaddi, silambattam (fighting with stick) and ‘Valukamaram’ (Malakamba–pole climbing) has made them stress free and also enabled them overcome caste and religious divisions, he claimed.
‘Isha Gramotsavam’ (rural festival) has sports like volleyball, cricket, throw ball for women and is held in 490 villages in 24 districts of Tamil Nadu, divided into eight divisions, with 648 teams participating in two phases over 45 days, he said.
Quoting villagers, he said that not only youngsters but grandmothers and grandfathers, besides housewives, are part of the festival.
They utilise the platform to showcase unity, cutting across the rich-poor, owner-worker and agriculturist-worker divide.
Quote credits: PTI