AICF signs MOU with NIIT / TNI for carrom training

The Federation has signed an MOU with The National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT) for assisting them in conducting “Sports and Active Recreation Programme’” in various NIIT Yuva Star Career Development Centres. The Programme is of one year’s duration divided into three grades i.e. Grade I, Grade 2 and Grade 3 and each Grade is of four months duration. All the Grades will have 32 exclusive carrom sessions of two hours each.  Grade I programme will include sessions on Basic physical and mental orientation, introduction to Carrom, theoretical and practical training sessions on carrom, etc. and the assessment criteria will include fitness and endurance test and demonstration of acquired/honed skills. The Grade 2 will have Intermediate level physical & mental orientation, local inter batch competitions and advance training sessions while Grade 3 will have advanced physical & mental orientation, competitions/tournaments among different centers, talent identification, higher level competitions, etc. The TNI will target individuals of 16 to 25 years of age for such programs and train them at NIIT YUVA Star Career Development Centers. TNI has planned such training programmes in 12 different centers. The first programme is scheduled to begin on 12th September 2009 at Hoshiarpur, Noida, U.P. They are organising such programmes for few other games as well and would have different games at different centers but programme on carrom would be organised at every center. As part of the MOU, the Federation has agreed to provide coaches/trainers for such programmes besides providing them technical help and assisting them on physical and mental fitness, etc. Through such programmes TNI will especially help the underprivileged youth of the country and make them good citizens by involving them in different games and sports especially carrom.

  Rs.20 lakhs (Two million) announced for establishing National Carrom Academy in Faridabad

 Member of Parliament from Faridabad (Haryana), Avtar Singh Bhadana announced financial assistance of Rs.10 lakhs for establishing National Carrom Academy in Aravali International School, Sector 43, Faridabad. Chairman of the Aravali International School, Dan Singh Bhadana also announced assistance equivalent to Rs.10 lakhs for the Carrom Academy.  Avtar Singh Bhadana announced the financial assistance during his address in the Prize Distribution Function of the 10th Inter-School Carrom Championship and the 13th District Carrom Championship held on 30th August 2009 at Aravali International School in Faridabad. The declarations were made by Avtar singh Bhadana and Dan Singh Bhadana on request of S.K. Sharma, General Secretary, All India Carrom Federation.  Bhadana said he was sure Academy would produce many world champions. Later, S.K. Sharma informed that the Federation was planning residential training programmes for boys and girls and also for Indian Teams. There will also be provision for training of local players and players from other countries as well.

  Rashmi Kumari presented Bihar State Award

Rashmi Kumari, current Asian and former World Carrom Champion from Bihar was presented “Vishesh Khel Samman” by the Government of Bihar on the occasion of National Sports Day for her outstanding achievements in carom during 2008-09, in a specially organised function titled “Samman Samaroh” in Patna for honouring meritorious sportspersons of the State.  In addition to the State Award, Rashmi was presented a Cash Award of Rs.100,000 and a Certificate. Besides, following 11 carrom players from Bihar were also presented Cash Awards in the function for bringing laurels to the State of Bihar.

S.No.

Name

Amount

1.

Kajal

Rs.11,000

2.

Sandhya

Rs.7,000

3.

Deepika

Rs.6,000

4.

Suruchi

Rs.6,000

5.

Khushbu

Rs.6,000

6.

Vibha

Rs.5,000

7.

Archana

Rs.5,000

8.

Snigdha

Rs.5,000

9.

Shreya

Rs.5,000

10.

Neha

Rs.5,000

11.

Preeti

Rs.5,000


 Tamil Nadu Carrom Association gets a permanent carrom hall

The Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) provided a hall measuring about 4000 sq. ft. on permanent basis to the Tamil Nadu Carrom Association in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai, for organising various carrom activities. The hall named as “Hall of Carrom” and which can accommodate 32 carrom boards, would be used by the Association for imparting training to carrom players and for organising different carrom competitions. The Hall of Carrom was inaugurated by T.P.M. Mohideen Khan, Hon’ble Minister for Sports and Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu on 28th July 2009 in the presence of Dr. R. Christodas Gandhi, IAS, President of the Tamil Nadu Carrom Association. On that occasion, Arjuna Awardee carrom player, A. Maria Irudayam was honoured and current World Champion, I. Ilavazhaki and other international carrom players, M. Parimala Devi and B. Radhakrishnan were given Special Awards.

 BSNL sanctions a cash award of Rs.1 lakh to Ms Rashmi Kumari

The  Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. sanctioned a cash award of Rupees One Lakh to Ms Rashmi Kumari, current Asian and former World Carrom Champion, for achieving excellence  both at international and national levels in 2008. She participated in five international events in 2008. Ms Rashmi Kumari is working in BSNL, Patna. 

 The game of carrom included for admission under Meritorious Sports Personnel Quota in Puducherry

H.E. The Lt. Governor of Puducherry has issued guidelines for including the game of carrom along with other games for admission of students under Meritorious Sports Personnel Quota in the Higher and Technical Educational Institutions of Government of Puducherry/Constituent Institutions and also in the Govt Quota in the private professional Institutions in Puducherry.

 AICF to associate with Annual Sports Festival of BITS, Pilani, SPREE 2010

The Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani – Goa Campus will be organising SPREE 2010, the Annual Sports Festival of BITS from 4th to 7th March 2010 at Goa. Along with few other games, BITS in association with the All India Carrom Federation, would be organising an All India Carrom Tournament for students of BITS, Pilani. During the 4 day extravaganza, about 450 students from 24 colleges (15 outside Goa and 9 from Goa) would be participating in the sports festival. With invites of the organizers going out to 310 colleges, they would have outreach of 4,65,000 people. With such a publicity and involvement, the game is set to gain immense recognition and popularity through that Sports Festival.

During the Sports Festival, the organizers will be felicitating Arjuna Awardee, A. Maria Irudayam and current world champions, Yogesh Pardeshi and I. Ilavazhaki. The world champions will be demonstrating their skill and playing matches with few selected carrom players of BITS Pilani during SPREE 2010.

  Udaya Kumar joins Rockybul Hussain and Rupak Debroy in being the General Secretary of a State Olympic Association

S Udaya Kumar, Asstt. General Secretary of the Federation and the General Secretary of the UT Pondicherry Carrom Association has been elected General Secretary of the Pondicherry Olympic Association unanimously on 5th September 2009.  Earlier, Rockybul Hussain, President of Assam Carrom Association and Minister in Govt. of Assam was elected General Secretary of the Assam Olympic Association in 2007.  Rupak Debroy, General Secretary, All Tripura Carrom Association is General Secretary of the Tripura Olympic Association since 2002.  B.K. Haranath, President of the Hyderabad Carrom Association was elected Treasurer of the Andhra Pradesh Olympic Association in 2009.  B. Bangaru Babu, Executive President of the Tamil Nadu Carrom Association is also the Treasurer of the Tamil Nadu Carrom Association. Shri Pradeep Kumar Hazarika, General Secretary of the Assam Olympic Association is the Joint Secretary of Assam Olympic Association.

 Elections to the Asian Carrom Confederation

The Asian Carrom Confederation in its meeting held on 14th August 2009 at Pune, India elected a new team of office-bearers/Executive Committee.  Zahir Naseer (Maldives) and Langley Mathiasz (Sri Lanka) were re-elected as President and Secretary General respectively while S.K. Sharma (India) was elected as Treasurer.  Ms. Rohini Mathiasz (Sri Lana), Murtaza Khan Zulfee (Pakistan), Shahjahan Chowdhary (Bangladesh), Mohammed Saeed (Maldives) were elected as Vice-Presidents. S. Udaya Kumar (India) was elected as Asstt. General Secretary while Ramzan Ali (Pakistan) was elected as Asstt. Treasurer.  Republic of Korea, Japan and Bangladesh were elected as Members of Executive Committee.

 President of Pune District Assn, Mr. Girish Bapat elected M.L.A.

Shri Girish Bapat, President of Pune District Carrom Association has been elected M.L.A. in Maharashtra Assembly in the elections held in October 2009.  He contested the elections on BJP ticket from Kasba constituency of Pune.

 Carrom in Apollo Hospital

About 100 doctors, all top specialists, play carrom in Indraprastha Apollo Hospital at Delhi. I made few visits to the Hospital and also played with them. Although they didn’t play underhand game, their skill level was quite good. They felt elated to know Indian players were world champions in carrom. They conducted a tournament for doctors in Appollo Hospital in which 30 doctors participated. Few of them have shown interest to participate in Federation Cup.

  Carrom Tournament for Corporate Houses

The Federation has associated itself with Sakal Group of Newspapers, a well known and famous group in Western, Central and Northern India, for organising zonal level tournaments in India for employees of Corporate House. The Sakal Group will be hosting those tournaments in all the zones. Tournaments for Corporate Houses at such a level are being organised for the first time. The West Zone tournament is scheduled for November 09 in Pune.

  Carrom Tournaments by other organisations

Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, Supreme Court Bar Association, New Delhi; Amity University, Noida (U.P.) and Tihar Jail, New Delhi organised carrom tournaments for their members/inmates. The Tournaments were organised with great interest and were successful.

  Shorter version of the game introduced

In order to make the game of carrom media and spectator friendly besides attracting common man to this game, the All India Carrom Federation introduced a shorter version of the game. With effect from 1st April 2009 the Federation started conducting all tournaments as per new rules on experimental basis for one year. The Federation has also directed all its affiliated units to implement the new rules in all tournaments held under their jurisdiction. In the shorter version, it takes less than one hour to complete a match whereas it was taking about two hours to finish a match earlier. All the matches would now be decided by best of three sets of four boards or 23 points whichever is earlier. Queen will now carry 2 points as against 3 points. Queen is now not required to be covered. Only 10 seconds are allowed to make a stroke. In case of tie of score after 4 boards, system of tie-breaker and sudden death is applied. The Federation conducted an All India prize money tournament on new rules at New Delhi on experimental basis. After receiving the feedback from top Indian players, the Federation adopted the new rules.

 AICF takes vital promotional decisions

(A)

Carrom Excellency Awards – To motivate players, officials and State/District Associations for better performance, the Federation has instituted annual ‘Carrom Excellency Awards’ to be presented during Senior National Championship every year.

(B)

Carrom Academies and Zonal Coaching Camps – In order to unearth new talent and to groom them for future and at the same time to improve the performance of senior players, the Federation has decided to organise zonal level coaching camps for boys and girls at regular intervals.  Few highly talented and promising boys and girls would be selected from each zone for further grooming in All India Coaching Camp every year.

(C)

Training for Trainers course – To create a panel of coaches in all parts of India, the Federation has started specialized training courses for coaches. First training course of three days duration was at Mumbai in May 2009. Such courses will be organised by the Federation at regular intervals.

(D)

Obligatory to depute junior and sub-junior players – The Federation has made it compulsory for all State Associations to depute sub-junior and junior players (both boys and girls) in Junior/Sub-junior National Championships and Zonal Championships. It has also been made compulsory for every State Association to conduct separate events for women players, sub-junior and junior players (both boys & girls) in their State Championships. The defaulting State Associations would be suspended for one year without any notice.

(E)

Minimum age revised for Veteran players:  The Federation has increased the minimum age of veteran players to 50 years from 45 years for their participation in national championships with effect from 1st April 2009.

(F)

New policies for marketing and publicity of the game – The Federation in order to take this game to every corner of India and to attract sponsors and attention of masses has adopted new policies to market and publicise the game of carrom.

(G)

Birthday Greetings – The Federation has started sending Birthday Greetings to all registered players, umpires and officials every year wishing them happy and successful life.

(H)

Focus on schools and colleges - The Federation through Central Board of Secondary Education, Kendriya Vidayalya and School Games Federation of India has increased its efforts to include the game of carrom in the annual calendar of activities of about 10,000 schools. However, the game of carrom has already been included in huge number of Government schools being run under ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’.


 Felicitations by H.E. President of India

Her Excellency, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of India bestowed her blessings on the victorious Indian carrom team in a special function organised at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi immediately on return of Indian players from Cannes, France after winning 15 Medals in the 5th World Carrom Championship held during February 2008. Those were blissful and proud moments for the whole carrom fraternity. In the first ever meeting of the Indian contingent with Her Excellency, the President of India, all carrom players felt elated and encouraged. The said meeting motivated carrom players to perform better in all future international tournaments.

 Felicitations by Mr. J. P. Agarwal in Parliament House

The world champions were also felicitated in Parliament House, New Delhi by Shri Jai Parkash Agarwal, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), President, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee and Chairman, AICF in February 2008 in a special function followed by sumptuous lunch. Shri Agarwal interacted with players and assured them that he would do his best to uplift this game to a desired level in the country. Every member of the Indian contingent was thrilled and was over the moon on being able to enter and see the Parliament House.

 
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