Bridge is much more than a card game. Bridge is the fourth “mind” sport to appear at the Asian Games . India sent a 30-member Bridge squad – 24 players and six officials- fetched a gold medal and two bronze medals.
Anand Samant is one of India’s most successful contract bridge players is very upbeat about the future of bridge in India. He has represented India in the world championships. In 2009, he was part of India’s senior team at the 15th Bridge Federation of Asia and the Middle East (BFAME) championship in Amman, Jordan. Anand is also the Hon. Secretary of Bridge Federation of India .He said ” Bridge is a mind game. It is essentially known as an intellectual’s game . We Indians are intellectuals and have done very good in this sport.This has given a great boost to this sport. The game is becoming more and more popular and media is giving more coverages. I am sure in the next Asian games we get many more medals. ” Recently, the 2nd All India Shree Cement Bridge Championship started at Blswa Bangla Convention Centre, New Town, Rajarhat . This prestigious Championship is being organized by Corporate Bridge Association of India under the aegis of Bridge Federation of India. This Championship assumes great significance as Bridge Federation of India has reserved a direct berth into the Selection Trial of Indian team in 2020 for the winner of the Team of Four event in this Championship
In India, the game is immensely popular among corporate houses and they have their own teams. Many women bridge players, have represented the country in the international level.
One such is interior designer and international-level bridge player, Hema Deora. She won bronze medal in the mixed team event in bridge at Asian Games 2018. Hema said ” Lot of youngsters are taking interest in this sport. This is very good sign. More and more women should take interest in sport such as bridge. It requires more mental strength. It is a creative sport where one needs to have focus and concentration. ”
Monica Jajoo who is a part of the Indian women’s Bridge team felt championships like this are a great platform for young bridge players. Monica has a passion for sports and is a keen golfer and national bowling champion .She created history by standing first to get a gold medal in Golf at the World Special Olympics 2015. She is cousin of Jeev Milkha Singh and is also a Board Member of the Women’s Golf Association of India. Monica won Silver Medal Mixed Catagory with Ranveer Singh Saini, in Golf at the World Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi. Talking about her inspiration she said” Sports was in our family. I have grown up seeing Milkha Singh and how he achieved what he achieved.”