CHENNAI: The football fever peaked at Vadapalani on Sunday afternoon, with football buffs having a blast at the FIFA World Cup quiz at Hotel Green Park.
While most organisations were busy installing giant screens for viewers' convenience this football season, Hotel Green Park, along with Hindustan Sports Club, organised the contest, much to the delight of lovers of the game.
Even before the quiz began, the hall was brimming with people all set to have a go at the contest. Children clad in football jerseys livened up the atmosphere. The frenzy increased among the audience as quizmaster Sumanth C. Raman fired questions at the participants.
Which country (India) withdrew from the 1950 World Cup because the team members were not allowed to play barefoot? In how many venues (12) are the matches for this World Cup being held? These were some of the interesting questions asked in the prelims question paper. And, the 80 teams that participated in the round enthusiastically answered them.
Former international football players of Chennai were honoured at the event. Senior players, including Arumainayagam, K. Sankar, C. Orlando Rayan, Mohammed Amjed, C. Jayasankar Menon, D. Sounder Rajan, V.P. Satyan and Sabir Pasha were honoured. A. Jestes Antony, football juggler and player, mesmerised the audience as he controlled the football for about 15 minutes.
The knowledge of the children in the field and their enthusiasm in exhibiting their knowledge during the eight rounds of the contest was amazing.
The finals had six two-member teams vying with one another for the prize. Several children in the audience stole the show by answering questions that passed to the audience and grabbed handfuls of chocolates and gifts whenever a team failed to answer a question.
The posers about the `acme thunderer' and `acme tornado' (referee whistles) and the one about the chairman of the Football Association of England (Prince William) caught both the participants and audience by surprise.
Team D, with Ramana and Prashanth, won the first place, while Team B, with Rathnakar and Yangnesh, bagged the second prize in the quiz.