Sports Reporter :
The present generation is missing out on these activities due to the changed lifestyles. These games being played as a team, enhance the team spirit in the participants. Besides the physical exercise, increasing agility and alertness are achieved while having fun. Another important aspect is there is no need for specialised sports kits, uniforms, infrastructure and the expenses were minimal.
DR RAKESH Budgujar, a former Commonwealth Games medallist in judo, emphasised on revisiting ‘galli khel’ that were played in lanes and bylanes and involved minimal costs. Budgujar, who is a Governing Body Member, Sport Authority of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, New Delhi and Founder of Badgujar Sports Academy, Amravati was addressing the participants during an online seminar of Karate and Sports seminar for physical and spiritual development of the students. The event is being organised by Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha Region) with Kyoshi Harish Choube, National Chief, Instructor and Examiner Karate Budokan International and Sports Coordinator being the host of the show. In the 11th session of the seminar conducted on Sunday, Badgujar mentioned about a number of traditional games which have been a part of our culture with emphasis on ‘galli khel’ — those which were played in local areas, lanes and bylanes.
He informed that most of the games played were the same yet known by different games in different parts of India. Badgujar said that unfortunately, the present generation is missing out on these activities due to the changed lifestyles. These games being played as a team, enhance the team spirit in the participants. Besides the physical exercise, increasing agility and alertness are achieved while having fun. Another important aspect is there is no need for specialised sports kits, uniforms, infrastructure and the expenses were minimal. Dr Badgujar, who also conducts traditional games in India, also explained how some of the games are played like khupus, lagori, dabbadubi, mamacha rumaal. He suggested that events including these games be organised for spreading awareness of these games especially amongst the younger generation. After ten days of daily two sessions of this ongoing online event, Choube kept a special session as a Town Hall Open Meet to invite feedback and suggestions for future topics.
Choube informed that he has been receiving positive responses through emails, messages, phone calls from a wide range of participants for these seminars. All the sessions have been well received and appreciated by the participants. Suggestions included conducting specialised sessions for children, information sessions on sports courses, sports career etc. It has been the endeavour of these seminars to spread inclusive knowledge mainly in the areas of sports, games, fitness, personal development, mental aspects, anti-stress methodologies, inculcating sports culture, making these activities as integral part of our life.
A suggestion was received to publish a book of these sessions. Renshi Sanjay Athavale responded that it can be in the form of ebook(s), online web links of recordings (though these need to be properly edited before uploading) and such other eplatforms. These seminars have become an at-home communication portal in the present pandemic times, where physical contact or regular classes, training cannot be undertaken. They help in increasing positivity while adding to the knowledge. These are not online karate training classes but address the broader sports, fitness, positivity aspects. The seminar concluded with an interactive question and answer session where in youngsters cleared their doubts. A vote of thanks was proposed by Renshi Pramod Jambhulkar.