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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Two HIV positive children from Bangalore Schools Sports Foundation (BSSF) participated in Children’s Olympics, Netherlands.

bssf2Budding sportspersons, Babu and Manik were trained for six months to take part in the tournament held in June 2015. The duo has shattered the myth that being HIV positive is the end of the road.

Elvis Joseph, the founder of BSSF, had been working towards the training of young sportspersons since the inception of BSSF. The efforts of the Bangalore School Sports Foundation have been instrumental in providing a chance for youngsters in International children’s games. Elvis Joseph wants “to ensure that all children’s earliest experiences of sport and physical activity are positive and rewarding.” And he extends that concern to children living in slums and prisons, as well as those living with HIV and disabilities.

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With the help of the sports minister of Karnataka in 2009, Goolihatti Shekhar, Elvis began to get Bangalore children represented every year in the International Children’s Games. “He said Bangalore city should be a part of the global map. He stood by my vision and said he will support me in this,” remembers Elvis.

The vision of the foundation is to reach one million children in the country and impact their lives through sports. The aim is to encourage, promote and support sports and healthy lifestyle initiatives for children.

BSSF now organizes the Bangalore School Games every alternate year, where more than 3,000 children compete in 12 disciplines.

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Adventure sports are unique in their adrenaline-inducing capabilities, owing to the thrill and 'risque' factor involved. However, a sports lover must venture into such extreme activities after being educated into the art of taking a 'calculated risk, say experts. Niharika Nigam, Business Development Director at Jumpin Heights, lists some precautionary measures that need to be kept in mind

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Adventure sports are unique in their adrenaline-inducing capabilities, owing to the thrill and ‘risque’ factor involved. However, a sports lover must venture into such extreme activities after being educated into the art of taking a ‘calculated risk, say experts.

Niharika Nigam, Business Development Director at Jumpin Heights, lists some precautionary measures that need to be kept in mind:

* Research on your destination and associated safety measures: The success and failure of this industry comes down to one primary aspect and that is safety. One should do some primary research on the company providing their chosen activity before visiting, look up testimonials, ratings and should take appropriate measures.

While going on for an adventure trip, one must pack efficiently and smartly.
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Ask questions about the safety practices followed, understand how disciplined is the organisation in the maintenance of the same.

* Pack wisely and smartly for the trip: While going on for an adventure trip, one must pack efficiently and smartly. They should carry all the necessary trip accessories like water bottle, flashlight or torch, portable charger, sunglasses, sleeping bag sheet, medicines and some toiletries in their backpacks.

While going on for an adventure trip, one must pack efficiently and smartly.
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* Loosen up: The whole point of adventure sports is to expand our horizon, shatter the glass ceiling we set for ourselves and step out of our comfort zones. Acknowledging this larger picture pushes one to truly embrace the experience and squeeze out every ounce of benefit and glory from that one exhilarating opportunity.

Pushpendra Sharma, Founder of HotelDekho.com, suggests:

* The fitness challenge: Understanding your fitness levels is important to get the maximum out of your adventure. Do not put your health at risk by trying something that you are clearly not capable of. Ensure you have got your medical tests done and consulted your doctor before attempting something you have never done before. The tests may vary depending on the nature of the activity you are planning to indulge in.

While going on for an adventure trip, one must pack efficiently and smartly.
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* Get insured: Buy a travel insurance plan that will safeguard you and your loved ones in case of any unforeseen incidents during your adventure trip. Before buying a policy go through the details and consult an expert to see if the plans will cover the mishaps that could result from the sport you are going to attempt. There are many insurance options, however, choosing a suitable one is always a challenge. (IANS)

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