Saturday, November 11, 2006


I am cheered by the news that the first World Tennikoit Championship is underway in Chennai. South Africa, Germany, UK, Brazil, Bangladesh, Pakistan and host India are taking part in the championship, which has events in men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.

I have always felt that India should never take part in events such as the Olympics that have been conceived by devious Western minds and designed to suit their conditions and bodies. Like fools, we walk into their well-laid trap and get humiliated each time, without realizing that our frail frames were not what the Olympic fathers had in mind when they coined their motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius”. We were never meant for speed or heights.

That’s why I like this idea of a World Tennikoit Championship. Tennikoit is a game which offers us a decent chance of winning as it doesn’t call for great calf muscles to pound the tracks with, nor stamina to last a marathon of 40 km. All it requires is simple dexterity of the fingers and just about enough speed of the legs that my grand aunt can come up with.

Hosting the championship in Chennai in November was again a stroke of genius. The participants from other countries would be drained of all energy by the time they reach the stadium, wading though the slush, muck and rain water, conditions that the Chennai tennikoit player is completely familiar and comfortable with. Always play to your strength, I say.

Way to go. Let’s think of more such games where we are adept at, invite the foreigners over for a World Championship and knock the stuffing out of them. Any suggestions?


Usha said...

marbles, gilli, 7 stones , pambaram, pallankuzhi, thayam.

Raj said...

usha, quick, come up with 4 more. I am going to organise a decathlon.

Usha said...

pandi, kannamoochi, 4 sozhi, 4 moolai thachi

Raj said...

usha, this is brilliant. Do you want to represent India in the first World Decathlon Championship,to be held at North Mada Street, Mylapore?

Usha said...

Yes.If i am assured of breakfast and lunch at that nice tiffin place in Kucheri road.