Get subscribed to our newsletter
Get interesting updates to your email inbox.
Tamil Nadu will host the national blind football tournament for men and women from October 27-30. This is the first time the state is playing host to the national blind football tournament.
The state has formed a blind football team for men only in 2018, and, in 2019 the Tamil Nadu blind football association commenced functioning.
The founder of the TN Blind football association, GR Bharathiraja, while speaking to IANS said, "While we were late in establishing a team and forming an association, we have not lagged behind in training, and a good team is now arranged. We are hosting the national football championship for the blind in both men's and women's categories from October 27."
This is the first time a national-level women's blind football tournament is being conducted while this will be the sixth national blind football tournament for men.
The teams are coached by Francis Sebastian who is an acclaimed blind football coach and he said that the tournament was slated for 2023 but the associations put pressure on the national office-bearers and have made the tournament possible in 2021 itself.
Sebastian, while speaking to IANS, said, "While both the men's and women's teams are performing extremely well, we need more support from sponsors as well as the general public. In the northeastern states of the country, blind football is popular in villages and we are planning to make it popular among the masses of Tamil Nadu, and for that, we need more support and patronage."
The state association, as a first step, is planning to introduce football in every blind school of the state and to train coaches for the same. The blind football association also wants to divide the state into five zones with each zone comprising of some districts and to decentralise the coaching programme so that the game is introduced across the state.
Bharathiraja and Sebastian have said that infrastructural problems are plaguing the game and that the team does not have a playing ground of its own, but the passion for the game is pulling the organisers, players, and coach forward. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Football, Sports, Blind Tournament. national blind football tournament, Tamil Nadu blind football association
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated world football and odds lines for the best part of the last two decades, as the evergreen Argentine and Portuguese go blow-for-blow in their quest to be remembered as the greatest player that ever lived. However, even for them, father time will eventually come knocking, and betting tipsters will begin to back against them. Waiting in the wings is a new breed of young strikers, who all want to step out of the shadows of the men that went before them. Euro 2020 has been a showcase for such players, who want to deliver results for the fans who backed their odds of winning the Euros, even as Ronaldo once again led the way on the goal-scoring front.
Follow NewsGram on LinkedIn to know what’s happening around the world.
Here are just some of them.
At the age of 36, Ronaldo is still one of the most prolific scorers on the planet
At the age of just 22, this French megastar has already achieved something that neither Messi nor Ronaldo have ever managed — winning the World Cup.
He has been terrorizing defenses at Euro 2020 this summer, but he is not from the same mold as the two greats, often turning into more of a provider rather than an out-and-out goal-getter. That could change as he develops his game and makes his expected move to Real Madrid.
Messi’s dribbling and shooting accuracy will be almost impossible for anyone to surpass
At 28 years of age, this Belgian powerhouse has been around for a long time but has truly found his place in the footballing world at Inter Milan, who he helped to win the Serie A title last season.
He has transitioned that form over into his national team performances and could be a man whose stats consistently start matching up to those of Messi and Ronaldo.
The fact that Haaland’s Norwegian national side are not world-beaters actually adds to his value, because clubs don’t have to worry about injuries occurring while he’s on international duty.
Despite this silver lining, he will no doubt be gutted at having had to spectate Euro 2020 and will be looking for a huge summer move to make up for it. If he is signed by a team with the ability to provide him with multiple chances per game, then Haaland could easily be the next big contender for the Ballon d’Or.
(Disclaimer: The article is sponsored and hence promotes some commercial links.)
By- Khushi Bisht
Football, also known as soccer, has a long and illustrious history. According to a global study conducted by FIFA, over 250 million individuals play soccer on a daily basis around the world. The sport has progressed from throwing a simplistic animal-skin ball around to becoming the widely played sport it is today.
Football as we know it today started in England in the mid-nineteenth century. Various forms of this sport, on the other hand, occurred way before and are recorded in football lore. Soccer dates back over 3,000 years to ancient China, according to records. The sport is also said to have originated in Greece, Rome, and portions of Central America. The ancient Mesoamerican culture is also credited with inventing a team sport involving a rock-made ball. England, on the other hand, is credited with transforming soccer into what it is today.
Follow NewsGram on LinkedIn to know what’s happening around the world.
‘Ts’u-chü‘, the first recorded game that included kicking a ball, was played in China in the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC. It was played with a round animal-skin ball with furs stuffed inside on a square field. The aim of this game was to hit the ball into holes in a mesh that was located between two poles.
Some types of ball games can be traced back to the world’s most influential civilizations at the time like Ancient Greece around 2000 BC. ‘Episkyros’ or ‘Phaininda’, a ball game, was invented around 2000 BC. Scraps of leather were used to make the ball, which was then filled with fur. The game was mostly played by men, although women did participate on occasion. A fascinating fact is that the European Cup is engraved with a portrait of a nude Greek athlete playing ancient soccer.
Ball games were not part of the amusement in the major arenas of Ancient Rome; instead, they were part of military drills known as ‘Harpastum.’ They are thought to have adopted the concept from the Greek game Episkyros or Phaininda and renamed it Harpastum.
Football had a completely different connotation back then than it does now. Football was played for a variety of reasons during that time period, not just for entertainment. It was still much rougher and more aggressive in its early days than it is now. In certain instances, it has acted as a religious rite or a means of preparing for a significant life event. However, it took ages for the characteristics of modern-era football to be implemented.
More laws were introduced as the sport progressed, and therefore more historic markers were established as well. The English are accredited for establishing the first dress codes for the sport and also prohibiting opponents from tripping each other and hitting the ball with their hands. William McCrum first brought the ‘penalty kick‘ to the Irish Football Association in 1890. Later, the International Football Association Board accepted it, and it was adopted into the “Laws of the Game”. During the 1970 World Cup finals, red and yellow cards were added.
In 1913, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) joined the International Football Association Board of Great Britain. Aside from the Summer Olympic Games, no other sporting event can compare to the FIFA World Cup today. The FIFA World Cup first took place in Uruguay in 1930, and it has been held every four years ever since.
Women have long been barred from competing in sports, as has been the case with many other aspects of history. Women didn’t start playing football until the late nineteenth century. In 1888, Inverness hosted the first official women’s football game. China hosted the first FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991, and it has hosted every four years since then.
Football is now unquestionably a global sport and the most popular in the world.
Ahead of their international friendly against Uzbekistan on Monday, the Indian women’s national team chief coach, Maymol Rocky, said that traveling to the Central Asian country well in advance had acclimatized them well and they were fully geared for the contest. After their clash against hosts Uzbekistan, India will play another friendly, against Belarus, on April 8.
“I’m thankful that we were able to come here early and train in Uzbekistan. The weather here is extremely cold. There’s a big difference from the one we experienced while training in Goa. But the girls are going all out for it,” Maymol.
The head coach also felt that playing such quality opponents would help the squad in the long run, and possibly get the team ready for the rigors of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022. “Playing more matches will definitely help the team grow together. I think the girls will need more and more matches,” said Maymol, adding, “Staying together, playing more matches will help us play better games in 2022.”
Another strategy to groom a better, more competitive team has been to name two different captains on overseas tours this year — while Sangita Basfore was guiding the team during the Tour of Turkey earlier this year when India played Serbia, Russia, and Ukraine, midfielder Indumathi Kathiresan is the captain for the current series.
The coach believes that handing responsibility to different players will help them grow as leaders. “In my opinion, everybody on the field should be a captain and a leader. I’ve been trying to build the team for AFC 2022,” she said. “We need to have everyone taking the charge and responsibility for that. The team is quite young, so everybody gets the chance to take the responsibility.” (IANS/KB)