To promote the Punjabi Sikh identity globally, non-profit organisation Khalsa Football Club in association with the Global Sikh Sports Federation is organising first Sikh Football Cup, 2019 in Punjab, an organiser said on Sunday.
Dedicated to the 550th Prakash Purb (birth anniversary) of Guru Nanak Sahib, the tournament will be held from November 23 to December 7 under FIFA rules.
“Our prime motive is to encourage the Punjabi youth to engage in sports as ‘keshadhari’ (unshorn hair and beard) players,” club president Harjeet Singh Grewal told IANS.
He said the Khalsa Football Club team would play matches with prominent teams in India as well as football clubs in different countries.
The club, affiliated with the Punjab Football Association, would act as launching pad for promising players to enter contracts with top ranked Indian as well as European football clubs, he said.
LaLiga and Facebook have started the countdown to announce the return of the Spanish football league by launching a special series called #BacktoWin, episodes of which will be shown once a week on LaLigas Facebook page until the competition returns.
This show will reveal the major news stories from across LaLiga, including the umbrella strategy behind the return of LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank, kick-off times and the new audiovisual broadcast features set to be rolled out between now and the end of the current campaign, a statement from them said.
The weekly, 30-minute episodes of #BacktoWin will be aired up until Spanish league resumes. LaLiga president Javier Tebas will feature in the first episode, which will be shown on Wednesday, on LaLiga’s Facebook page.
Each episode will see a leading figure from within LaLiga take centre stage and will involve the participation of several LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank players who will share their experiences of the quarantine period and their expectations for when the competition gets up and running again.
Football-related content focusing on the return to action will dominate this new show, with viewers set to be entertained with fascinating stats and storylines such as the race to be crowned LaLiga’s top scorer at the end of the season and the latest news, including the new audiovisual features set to be incorporated into match broadcasts.
Jose Antonio Cachaza, managing director, LaLiga India said: “Through this initiative, we will bring exciting and engaging football-related content to the fans who are eagerly waiting to hear from their idols.” (IANS)
Another dreadful result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is that the sports calendar of 2020 has seen all major events either cancelled or postponed.
Sports enthusiasts have been left with nothing but reliving old matches, playing e-sports and interacting with fellow sports fans as a way to keep their spirit alive. Resulting in an increase in their activity and engagement on sports community platforms like Rooter, says its CEO and founder Piyush Kumar.
“Our user growth has been tremendous in last three months. We have more than 3 million active users (7 million overall users) who are spending close to 20 minutes everyday,” claims Kumar.
“People are reliving old matches and engaging with their fellow sports fans via live chat and discussions. We have also seen an increase in old-school games like book cricket and Ludo, which are shifting to the virtual world now,” he adds.
Founded in 2016, the idea behind Rooter was to build a technology product that will connect fans with each other and create a strong community. “We initially made this community using live games during sports matches and later pivoted to content where now fans chat, create content and go live with audio/ video to connect with fans,” Kumar tells IANSlife.
Sports fans get a dedicated and personalised sports feed as per their sports consumption. “It’s a never ending set of information on sports in multiple languages and across videos, images, polls etc. Sports lovers also get fastest and detailed scorecard of all matches across cricket, football and kabaddi in 10 Indian languages,” he informs.
Another feature of Rooter is the live audio/ video session that allows users to go online and do commentary, debates, quizzes, polls, games and connect with other fans. “It is our most engaged feature,” he says.
The company this year aims to create a new stream of content through e-sports and gaming. “Our user base is spending an equal amount of time watching sports and consuming e-sports, playing games and we believe we can provide a great product that will serve them right content and connect them with other fans/ gamers. We also want to build a strong user monetization feature thereby focusing on creating commerce on top of high engaged content we offer.” (IANS)
Bengaluru-based fitness coach and football player Chelston Pinto, who is part of Decathlon’s ambassador programme, believes that it may be hard to start with home workouts, but these are the best way to stay fit at your own convenience.
As part of the Decathlon community, which supports and brings together driven sports personalities and inspirational people who share their knowledge and experiences, the trainer helps people stay fit, online.
Excerpts from his IANSlife interview:
Q. What do you think are the most common mistakes people make while training?
Pinto: People tend to rely a lot on what they see online and want instant results, but in reality fitness is all about sustaining a healthy and well-lifestyle depending on individual and realistic goals. Fitness is an ongoing lifelong process not just a fad workout!
Q. Many global fitness trackers have reported a decline in daily activity during the lockdown. Why do you think this is?
Pinto: It is normal to see a decline since people are at home which is also psychologically a place to relax. This is a major change for people who do most of their walking, running and exercising outdoors. But it’s important to move around while at home and my advice is to make sure you do so every 15-20 minutes and do make the effort to workout from home.
This is why along with Decathlon, we have created a series of virtual workouts to keep everyone moving and active from home as a part of the #PlayItSafe initiative to help people stay fit and active while staying safe at home. We have created a series of virtual workouts ranging from strength and conditioning, circuit training, sports conditioning and yoga. These workouts are accessible on Decathlon’s blog and across its social media channels. We have received a phenomenal response, so do check them out.
Topping the #PlayItSafe campaign was the eeHallympics 2020′ initiative to keep everyone’s competitive spirits up following the postponement of the Summer Olympics this year. Hallympics was a series of fitness challenges across social media platforms, designed for home and easily doable from one’s hall, living room or even from the confines of a kitchen. Our ehome’ athletes were given two challenges each day with a three-hour window to complete the challenge and upload their video. We had over four thousand participants in excess of a 100,000 views across our social media channels with participation from nine cities.
Q. You advocate a lot for home workouts. Why are they so effective?
Pinto: I would say it’s the need of the hour. For the general population who are busy with their commitments at work or family, there is a need to stay fit and workout at their convenience and home workouts are best whether its pre-recorded videos, live sessions or an online training plan.
Q. Taking up a sport is not readily thought of as an option for fitness. What are its benefits ?
Pinto: My philosophy is all about putting your fitness levels to test while playing a sport. This helps a client to understand what they really need to work on in terms of conditioning, stamina, strength, balance or any other aspects. Sports also add an element of fun and competition which is the key to fitness as an ongoing process.
Q. There is a new ‘normal’ in everything. What do you think are going to be the new fitness trends now?
Pinto: The new trend would be adapting as a coach to train clients in different ways. For clients, to understand their bodies and what works for them so that they can workout on the go without relying on one trainer or a single online portal alone. (IANS)