It is referred to as a young sport; not a traditional type and unknown to many. Pickleball, one of the fastest-growing sport in the USA, is gradually pacing up its way in India too. As the All India Pickleball Association (AIPA) is working in the developmental aspects of the game, it is reaching to people with utmost interest in sports and activities. It has now been involved in the fitness regime of many who lead a stressful life and bogged down by professional commitments. The younger generation finds immense happiness after playing this fun game- a combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis.
Witnessing this gradual popularity of Pickleball in the maximum city, the Kandivali Footprint Club located in the western suburbs, inaugurated the first dedicated open Pickleball court in Mumbai. “We generally play in basketball or table tennis courts in a makeshift way. But now we have a dedicated court to play Pickleball where the net will always be hung as a symbol of the growth of this game,” revealed Sunil Walavalkar, General Secretary of All India Pickleball Association.
The occasion was graced by Neil Friedenberg, Owner and President of Prolite, the largest manufacturers of Pickleball products. He was accompanied by Phil Larsson, Director of Public Relations of Prolite. Friedenberg and Larsson were on a 7-day India tour under the able arrangement of Pickleball enthusiast Manish Rao. They supervised some Pickleball clinics and workshops in Mumbai and Jaipur. “People here are quite energetic about this sport. Its great to see the game rising in popularity in nations other than the USA and we are very hopeful to see this game’s development in India,” stated Neil Friedenberg.
The court is open for all residents who wish to have a hands-on experience of the game. Interested sportsmen will be provided coaching too. The owner of Footprints, Hanvant Gadhvi feels that this venture will boost the popularity of this amazing game among the mass.
PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata.
After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata.
In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer.
Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream.
So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.