Racketlon was first performed in Finland and Sweden, and the primary official world championship passed off in 2001. Along with Martina Kakosova, Radim Sochor is at present the primary participant on this planet blended doubles rankings. What’s extra, he is the one who truly launched racketlon to the Czech Republic simply two years in the past.
“I used to be one of many founders of the Czech Racketlon Affiliation primarily as a result of I had been organizing related sports activities tournaments on this nation earlier than that. I referred to as this sport ‘Rocket Hand’. It consisted of a sequence of 4 tournaments performed within the disciplines through which racketlon is being performed now; they’re desk tennis, badminton, squash and tennis, however the system of the event was totally different. One other historic variation, which was performed right here, was racket tetrathlon. These two sports activities, one among which was my invention, had been later mixed. We joined the world federation and based the Czech Racketlon Affiliation.”
The best appeal of racketlon is its best pitfall on the similar time, and that’s the mixture of 4 sports activities in a single. Racketlon can hardly grow to be uninteresting or tiring all through one’s profession, however this can be very demanding for the participant’s bodily adaptability. In keeping with the official guidelines, there are solely 5 minutes break between the person sport units inside one match.
“Once I was little and my father skilled me in desk tennis and tennis on the similar time, I had nice difficulties with desk tennis after tennis and with tennis after desk tennis, the racket was an excessive amount of lighter. I needed to get used to this. The sequence of the racketlon sports activities stays all the time the identical, that’s one begins with the lightest and finishes with the heaviest racket, so one can adapt to such strategies. It’s good for the bodily situation and well being, when individuals do not do one and the identical sport on a regular basis. When one modifications sports activities, he additionally prompts totally different muscular tissues.”
Regardless of Sochor’s appreciable devotion to racketlon and his gorgeous scores, racketlon surprisingly shouldn’t be a part of his skilled life.
“Most of my sport colleagues and myself follow racketlon just for our amusement, the Czech Racketlon Affiliation would not set up official coaching. We mainly practice on our means residence from work, and even within the mornings earlier than we begin working, however that is all the time primarily based on a person settlement among the many gamers, it is nothing official. That’s the big distinction from the world’s high gamers from Finland and Sweden, the place the gamers draw skilled wages, and so they commit all their time to racketlon.”
Racketlon is at present the quickest rising sport on this planet. But, it nonetheless has larger targets. The World Racketlon Federation has been striving for 2 years for the official recognition of racketlon as an Olympic sport.
“We initially deliberate it for the 2012 Olympics, however I’m not positive whether or not that’s sensible. Nonetheless, the Olympic Federation is , it is solely a matter of time. It will positively contribute to the popularization of racketlon all through the world.”