City of Joy witnessed some of the best performances of leading Carrom players of the country like current national champion K Srinivas, World Cup winner Yogesh Pardeshi (both Indian Oil), World champions Rashmi Kumari and S Ilavazhaki (ONGC) and SAARC title winner Parimala Devi (Indian Oil) at the 26th PSPB inter unit carrom tournament 2019 organised by Oil India Ltd.
In 1992, Patna girl Rashmi Kumari played carrom for the first time at the district level and the next year itself played at the junior national level. In 1994, for the first time she played at the senior national . Her mentor her father Uday Prakash was a carrom player and also brother Ranjan Prakash is a carrom player. “ There was already an environment of carrom in the house.” said Rashmi, 2 times World Champion, 2 times World Cup Winner, 4 times SAARC Champion, 3 times Asian Champion, 10 times National Champion.
“We already have arround 25 promising girls perfoming well in various championships. We are getting excellent players from rural areas where even there is no electricity. Players like Kajal Kumari and Mamta Kumari is from a small village Chanpatia. There is now more awareness about the various scholarpships being offered and most of them are getting government jobs” said Rashmi Kumari.
Yogesh Pardeshi’s father used to sell vada pavs at railway stations and was the only earning member of the family. Pardeshi picked up his love for carrom from elder brother Rakesh. “Watching my brother play I gradually developed the liking for the game. My mother first noticed my inclination towards Carrom and she encouraged me by often providing money secretly for playing in the club.” Said Yogesh .
Kajal Kumari started playing carrom in 2005 and merged as one of the finest carrom players in the state level competitions and went onto represent India at Carrom World Championships and in the Carrom World Cup tournaments. she created history by becoming the first ever woman to clinch the overall combined Swiss League. “ Patience and concerntration is very important fo r the game. I am preparing for the upcoming world cup in 2020.” Said Kajal Kumari.
As social media, electronic handheld games, video and software games, most of the board games were pushed aside at every home. Little does everyone know that the board games like carrom plays a vital role in molding the personality of each individual.“There are also many health benefits in playing carom, which comes both mentally and physically. “ said K Srinivas from IOCL. He has won numerous title in men’s single and double tournaments held around the globe. “Carrom Improves Both Physical and Cognitive Abilities.” added Yogesh Pardeshi.