Naval officer Ashutosh Pednekar discovered worldwide success in Racketlon and hopes kids will choose up the brand new sport in India to win world titles.
Mumbai primarily based Naval Officer Cdr. Ashutosh Pednekar was taking part in squash, badminton and garden tennis concurrently, however wasnot capable of win a title in both of the disciplines on the nationwide degree. However final yr, he selected Racketlon, nonetheless a younger sport in India and he has already gained worldwide titles.
Racketlon consists of 4 racket sports activities, desk tennis, badminton, squash and garden tennis. Pednekar had so as to add TT to his armory to pursue the game. Until now he has already participated in two worldwide tournaments and gained titles. He’ll now signify India within the Thailand Open Racketlon Championship that will likely be held on December 28 and 29 on the Resort Ambassador, in Na-Jomtien, Pattaya.
“I used to be not successful tournaments. I had reached the semis of 1 badminton match and later ended up as runners up in squash. In tennis, I couldn’t transcend semis. So I used to be wonwondering about what to do subsequent until a squash participant steered Racketlon. I googled it and located that it’s actually a sport. So I began taking part in desk tennis additionally,” he mentioned.
The 46-year-old began taking part in Racketlon from final yr and it fetched him a gold within the first yr itself. “I participated in a challenger occasion in Denmark final yr and gained titles within the Males’s Newbie and the Veterans (plus 45) classes. Later, within the Tremendous World Tour championship in Belgium, I gained gold within the 45-plus class and silver within the Males’s Newbie class,” he mentioned.
Racketlon is performed within the order of lighter rackets first and heavy ones on the final. It’s order begins with desk tennis adopted by badminton, squash and tennis. Every recreation is performed for a operating rating of 21 factors in all of those 4 sports activities, the winner is the one who collects probably the most factors in all 4.
“It’s a sport primarily performed in Europe presently. After a match in Canada, it is going to be the primary time that a world Racketlon match will likely be performed outdoors Europe i.e in Thailand. The Federation Worldwide de Racketlon (FIR) is making efforts to introduce it all over the place and make it an Olympic sport,” he added.
Other than Pednekar, the 2016 Tremendous World Tour Championship winner, gamers ranked beneath the highest 20 will even function within the championship that has a Challenger standing, which signifies that each participant will obtain world rating factors.
Nonetheless an unknown sport in India, Pednekar revealed that Mumbai is taking the lead in popularising it throughout the nation. “The game received consideration in India after I gained worldwide tournaments. We shaped the Racketlon India Sports activities Affiliation this yr in Mumbai and are hoping to start out the nationals from subsequent yr. There may be lot of scope within the sport as FIR conducts 12 large tournaments yearly. The primary motivating issue for kids to play Racketlon is that they play different sports activities however they attain a degree the place will not be successful nationwide titles. Here’s a new sport for them to be taught, grasp and turn into world champions in,” he mentioned.