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The Winter Universiade…

It all started when competitive games were taking its baby steps. Directed by Father of Modern Olympics “Baron Pierre de Coubertin”, the first of international sports were conducted by USA, France and Switzerland thereby giving a kick-start to the History Of Universiades (1905).


The Winter Universiade 2013 stands second to none other than Olympic Games- the most reputed and victorious of all games. Promoting the strength of human spirit and nationalism, Winter Universiades are held every two years. And this time, the host country is none other than the Romantic Italy.

Trentino (where the universiade has been organised this year) is located in Northern Italy. It is said to be accompanied with high infrastructure facilities, holding experiences in hosting sports events as well. The city’s strength includes its hospitality, environmental quality of the territory and a University of its own. Many venues have been booked to host a variety of sport events at Trentino, Italy. Baselga Di Pine has been booked for speed skating and curling, Monte Bondone for Snowboarding and freestyle skiing, Pergine Valsugana for Ice Hockey, Val Di passa for Alpine Skiing to name a few. Gear yourself up for the ExpeDiction of venues and sports attractions.

Universiades are cultural sport events held every two years in different nations. The multi-sport event to be held this year in Trentino, Italy starts from 11th dec till 21st dec. The cultural programme is also familiar as XXVI Winter Universiade. Universiades are a mish-mash of university and olympiad outlining all multi-sport festivals underneath it. All international level games/events/programmes get conducted by FISU (International University Sports Federation).

The Universiades are seen as the biggest global multi-faceted festival for students/athletes across the globe. To seek that recognition on international level, all competitors get pumped up for 11 days of sport competitions. Cheers and roarings of 1,500-3,000 volunteers accompanied by more than 2,500 participants from 50 countries broadcasted by 100 TV Channels.

The programme currently includes 6 compulsory sports alongside 1-2 optional sports. The optional sports are chosen by the host country itself. The Winter Universiade 2013 Sports Programme grab hold of many Sports Activities. They are:

  • Alpine Skiing

  • Biathlon

  • Curling

  • Figure Skating

  • Freestyle Skiing

  • Cross country Skiing

  • Ice Hockey

  • Speed Skating

  • Skyjumping

  • Snowboarding

Out of hundred’s of international sport events taking place every year, Winter Universiade has it all. From Mountain World Bike Open Championship to Snowboard World Open Championship. So, why not take out some time from your schedules and catch ‘The 13th Winter Universiade’ at the natural environment of incomparable beauty- Trentino.



Coming of the Ashes…

There are three things wrong with this English team- they can’t bat, they can’t bowl, they can’t field.”  Martin Johnson.

The aim of English Cricket is, in fact, mainly to beat Australia.” – Jim Laker.

The statements must have indicated you something by now. “The much hyped rivalry between Englishmen and Australians”.  And Ashes Tournament comes out to be a live witness.

The Ashes Tournament has its roots deeply embedded in the soil of Cricketing History.

It is a form of test cricket played between England and Australia. There have been several games seen on the field of cricket- some well-contested and some one-sided hopelessly played. You name it dominance or gentleman spirit, nothing stands close to the reputation of Ashes. Such tournaments remain the highlight of the year with respect to their growing popularity and class cricket.

Trapped by our life’s hectic schedules, don’t we often miss out on some of the exciting ventures that we have been planning since long! It could vary from taking out time arranging tickets for Ashes to experiencing the gentleman’s game ‘live’. But today many resources have come up which allows you to stay in touch with your planned ventures wherever you go. Off late, a few good apps got launched on Ashes Test and have said to arrive the stores of ‘much talked about’ platforms- Android and iOS.

Go Ashes’ , ‘ECBCricket’ and ‘The Ashes’ are such few apps that carry all the useful information about such an event.

ECB Cricket:

ECB Cricket is a beautifully crafted app, yet full of desired information. This app is meant for the easy accessing of news scores, matches and updates. From the tickets of ongoing Ashes to updates on forthcoming tournaments, from match highlights to choosing a cricket wallpaper, from scoreboard to the fall of wickets, you will get them ALL.

It’s USP is that it comes on four platforms- Apple, Blackberry, Nokia and Android whilst the cost comes out to be absolutely free.

Go Ashes:

Designed for both iPhone and iPad, Go Ashes acts as a perfect companion during your tour to the Tournament. It has a feature by an interesting name “Twickets”. It organizes all your Ashes twitter feeds at one place. Other’s include live scoring, series overview and history and news feeds w.r.t. both the teams.

Its makers say that “It is a must have for any visitor to Australia! “. Besides (in the app) you get food and drink suggestions to all the Ashes host cities.

The Ashes:

The Ashes is another commendable app on Google Play. It endows users with the latest information on the ongoing tournament. Here, all the content is powered by ‘The Telegraph’. This app has a simplified approach towards reporting on the Ashes and other cricket info.

All all, these apps are more fruitful & perfect to those having minimal time with no-fuss approach. Blessed with video content, live blogs, squad profile, photo galleries; they are match and news focussed. Other apps in the line are Yahoo Cricket, Crickbuzz Cricket Scores & News, ICC Cricket and Cricket Companion App.



A Journey from an Active Player to an Active Viewer…

If not otherwise occupied, can you deny when you are offered to play a game? Well, I can’t. Man is by nature drawn towards some or other games. The whole universe regards a mother as a child’s first teacher and do you know how this great teacher teaches a child! Of course, through games. An infant is encouraged to play games through which he can use all his senses.

Do you remember when your mom used to hide your toys under a blanket and how you used to take pleasure in finding it out? Our moms used to collide two of our toys and thus the sound produced used to amaze us and later, in order to encourage us, our moms used to give us same expressions when we repeat it. Even when a little baby makes his glass of milk fall down it becomes a matter of pleasure for him, but can we say the same for the parents? Nooooo. Many times have I heard a sentence from my elders that a child’s work is to play and the parent’s work is to clean up later.infant_play_site_083_w640

With age comes a change in our games. Few years later we start imitating the world around. I still remember how I used to force my elder brother to be a thief and then used to pretend as if making an all out effort to catch him as a cop. And then the next day, he was forced to be my student. hahaha.. I am sure, many of you have the similar instances to get nostalgic about. Such games help in developing our power of imagination, we try to understand the practicalities of life through our own ways. We try to solve our cooked up problems in our own special ways.Phenom-Childred-Play-631

In schools, we get an altogether different platform to play. Here, we learn to play in abidance by rules. We feel ourselves like professional players when we go for an inter school competition. This is the place that turns our fun into our passion. However, it is after our college years that we need to decide whether we opt as a professional sportsman or go for some other ambitious careers. And thus, get busy in our career building process.

At this juncture, our passion as a sports player takes a backseat but to compensate this separation we become an all the more passionate viewer or a fan. We make an emotional bond with a particular sport, then with a team and finally with a player. Being an enthusiastic viewer,  we hardly want to miss any sport event. In such a tech-savvy arena, we have mobiles, computers and apps like ED sports fanatics that keep us updated about sports’ on-goings and their venues. Our belief that fans do affect the outcome of the game, make us follow our Favorite team to the core of the world irrespective of our expense, work, and time.Wisconsin-Fans-Cheering

Lets take a very recent example of our craze as fans: Sachin Tendulkar, a name that needs no recognition. A name that speaks volumes about the legendary cricketer. The news that he is going to take retirement after playing his 200th Test cricket, has spread like fire in woods. The whole Indian cricket association is making an all out effort to give him a memorable farewell. So is the efforts of his widely spread fan following. His fans from all over the world are grappling with their busy schedules to make it to India between 14th-18th November to witness the historic event live. They do not want to lag behind in an effort to bid him adieu amidst so much fanfare. Such is the emotional bond all his fans share with him.

As a viewer, we serve as a support or source of enthusiasm for our team and its players. Thus, whether as a player or a viewer we always remain in touch with sport that gives us a break from our otherwise monotonous lives and relieve us from mental exhaustion. That’s how it becomes a source of energy and enthusiasm throughout our lives.

P.S.- Lets take a sneak view at benefits of playing:

  • Acts as a regular but playful exercise.

  • Strengthen our bones and muscles.

  • Saves us from being overweight.

  • sports give us a break from our otherwise monotonous lives.

  • They relax the mind and vanish our mental exhaustion.

  • They provide opportunity to prove one’s talent.

  • Teach us the importance of team spirit.  

  • Make us disciplined.