Pickleball is one of - if not the - fastest growing sports in the country. Originally popularized by a Boomer population looking for something a little more exciting than bingo but less time-consuming than a round of golf, the sport has made a generational jump and is catching fire among people of all ages.
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Progress of Pickleball in India
Shri Sunil Valavalkar a true sport lover played this sport first time in Canada in the year 1999. His attraction towards this sport made him visit second time to Canada in the year 2006. While returning back home he brought few paddles and balls with him. Ever since Shri Sunil came back from Canada, he started giving demonstration of this unique sport to various sports lovers of Mumbai. To his surprise this sport was very warmly received by cross section of the society. Majority of today’s population is eager to play such a sport which is easy to play, which would offer them fun and at the same time it would also make them fit. Pickleball is satisfying all these requirement of modern society of India and hence there is encouraging response for this sport in India. This response was responsible to form a body to promote this sport in India.
Over 100 students from various colleges across Mumbai Metropolitan Region tried their hands at the game at an inter-college pickleball tournament held at D Y Patil Sports Stadium, Nerul recently. READ MORE....
Introduction to Singapore
Pickle-Ball in Singapore started in 1988, supported by Singapore Sports Council and People’s Association. It is an official sport for life launched by Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong in 1996. The Singapore Pickle Ball Association was chartered 1st May 1995. Pickle ball is played in schools, colleges, universities and other tertiary institutions as well as corporate clubs. Some players have in fact indicated that they play Pickle-Ball not only for fun but for health reasons too. They can not find any other game that is more suitable than Pickle-Ball to get fit and trim. Pickle-Ball caught on with many younger players in Singapore as most of them play Badminton, Tennis and Table-Tennis. They already have the basic stroke and do not have any difficulty in mastering the Pickle-Ball game.
The major national tournaments include the Singapore Pickle-Ball Association, the Singapore Pools, Novice and Pesta Sukan Pickle-Ball tournaments. These are really grand events with over 100 teams taking part. We have teams from Malaysia to take part as well. Pickle-Ball players would fill an entire sport hall, sometimes 5 courts running simultaneously. For the schedule of events, you can call the Singapore Pickle Ball Association at Tel: 747 3855. Friendly matches are also held almost every month in Community Clubs or Centre. We have also have brought the game to exhibition tournaments and sports exchange programs in Thailand and Australia. These include the 2nd and 3rd World Festival of Traditional Sports and Games in Bangkok and Geelong Victoria Australia. The Singapore Pickleball Association is also promoting the Singapore Pickle-Ball Association membership. Incentives for members include discounts at various establishments and subsidized entry fee for taking part in Pickle-Ball tournament.