Bengaluru (Karnataka)[India], April 26 (ANI): Mumbai is often referred to as the city of dreams because of its association with Bollywood and the glamor associated with it. In terms of sports, cricket is also associated with the city because of legends such as Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.
But at the Khelo India 2021 University Games at Jain University in Bengaluru, Mumbai was talked about in the Mallakhamb Arena because athletes from the University of Mumbai had impressed everyone with their sensational performances.
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World Champion Deepak Shinde attended the Boys All-Around Individual Championship Mallakhamb on Monday as his teammates from Mumbai University cheered on. Deepak scored a total of 27.30 with a score of 9.6 in Pole, 8.7 in Rope and 9 in Hanging, making him the best player of the day.
A 25-year-old M.Com student said after his stellar performance: “Today my parents must be really happy. They keep calling me to check my scores. They have always supported me in sports, despite the challenges.”
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Mallakhamb has internal connections with the city of Mumbai. According to evidence suggesting historical texts and ancient artifacts, Balambhatta Dada Deodhar, fitness and sports instructor of King Marath Peshwa Bajirao II, revived the art form in 1800 as a training method for the Peshwa army. There is also historical evidence to support that Maratha empire figures such as Lakshmibai, Nana Saheb and Tantia Tope also practiced Mallakhamb.
“To keep the emperors’ traditions alive, Maharashtra has taken Mallakhamb into the sport, with Sivaji Park becoming the center in Mumbai City for athletes. But now that the sport is beginning to take off, Mallakhamb has spread to all areas of Mumbai.” – like Chembur, Santa Cruz, Andheri or Kandivali – with some of the best athletes from the state, “explained Deepak, who himself comes from Kandivali.
Indigenous sports were further supported when the first ever Mallakhambe World Championships were held in Mumbai in 2019, involving 17 countries. Remembering the event, Deepak said he was glad to see the level of overseas competition.
“At the World Cup, there were athletes not only from Asian countries but also from European countries. Some nations gave us good competition, including Italy and Japan, which was great to see because it suggests that the sport is spreading around the world.”
“I felt a great sense of pride when Prime Minister Modi Ji spoke about Mallakhamb to Mann Ki Baat and spoke about the help of the US and Japanese governments in equipping Mallakhamb. gain general recognition in sport, “he added.
Deepak’s University team members believe that as the sport grows, it will soon spread to all 28 countries in the country.
“There used to be 3 to 4 clubs in Mumbai, but now there are at least 30 to 40 clubs in Mallakhamb. During the summer holidays, the maximum number of children is added to Mallakhamb, not cricket or football at several universities.” . The city has international trainers who provide exceptional training. You can clearly see the shift in trends. Through Khelo India, you can now see us live on television, ”Abhishek Prasad, 21-year-old Business of Management, said a study student from the University of Mumbai.
Hailing from a humble family, Deepak inspired his brother to practice the sport. Now both brothers run a training and fitness center, where they provide training for beginning athletes to take care of their families. While Deepak is still looking for a job to lead a balanced life, he believes that the work done by the Indian government has enchanted the sport, which has increased opportunities for current and growing Mallakhambu athletes to earn a living.
“The famous milk brand recently discovered me in the Chhaas commercial. For the first time, the world champion was introduced at Mallakhambe on such a big brand. So the development is taking place at such a level that big brands are starting to associate with sports.” Deepak said.
“Because of the Khelo India University Games, you can see us live on national television today. It only increases the level of competition. Players will gain the charm and chance to be on television and get the best out of the news. world, “Deepak signed. (ANI)
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