Indian men’s and women’s Throwball team created history when they both won gold at the World Games in Nepal. The tournament was held in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu this month from the 15th to the 18th.
While the Indian men defeated neighbours Bangladesh in a nervy encounter in the final match of the competition, the Indian women got the better of arch rivals Pakistan.
Both the Indian men and women’s teams won by the identical scorelines of 15-12, 15-13, in nervy encounters.
This was the first time ever that the Indian teams participated in the World Games of Throwball. The Games are organized by the International Sports Council based in Canada. The Games this year saw teams from 11 countries participating in as many as 42 different categories of the game.
Earlier in the last four stage both the Men’s and Women’s team got the better of Malaysia to reach the final. While the women defeated the Malaysian Women 15-10, 15-11, the men got better of their counterparts 15-09, 15-10.
The general secretary of the Throwball Federation of India, Naresh Mann congratulated both the teams on their respective victories.
“These players had worked hard to win a medal in the World Games. I hope the players will continue to illuminate the name of India,” he said.
Throwball is a non contact sport played across a net in a rectangular court pretty similar to that of volleyball court (although larger in area) and in general consists of 7 players each. Mostly popular in the Asian continent, the sport has its origin in India. The game was first played in Madras (old name of present Chennai) in the 1940s as a women’s game. The game, which has its root linked to YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association), had its first rules drafted in 1955 and the first Indian National Championships were played in 1980.