To donate board, coins to select schools
Good news for students pursuing education in government schools who wish to practice carrom in a more organised manner.
The Andhra Carrom Association (ACA) is planning to donate a carrom board along with coins and striker to selected government schools in all districts under its jurisdiction soon to promote the game in a big manner.
“We have taken the decision in our recent ACA meeting as the country's most affordable game is not within the reach of several youngsters. Carrom, like chess, enhances the level of concentration and has a positive effect on the nervous system. Most of the top players maintain cool composure while playing, which helps them control the blood pressure,” said Andhra Carrom Association general secretary Jaleel.
Mr. Jaleel said that several young players in the ACA region scored more than 90 per cent in the SSC examination, thus quelling the normal perception the carrom spoils education. “Vizag's Harika, who won many laurels for the Andhra Carrom Association, scored more than 90 per cent in the SSC examination,” he said.
Keen to promote the game among the cadet segment (below 12 years), the ACA had selected two best players from the affiliated districts, who showcased their prowess in the summer camp, to take part in the inter-district championship to be held at Guntur in July. “This is a big platform for them to play with some of the senior players. They can strengthen their game by observing the experienced players.”
He said he was personally giving coaching to students at Little Flowers English Medium School in Guntur.
Giving details about the new rules introduced by the federation, Mr. Jaleel said awarding of three points for pocketing the red coin had been scrapped and, instead, a new point system was introduced. “If the striker pockets the red with more than four coins remaining on the table, four points are awarded. If there are three or four coins on the board, three points are awarded. If there are only two coins, two points are granted for the striker,” he said.
He said the new rule would make the striker play more aggressively with an aim to pocket the red early. “This new rule is introduced to make the game more spectator and media-friendly,” he added.