Raising the bar and how!

Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | 27-07-2022 | 06:00 am

Raising the bar and how!

If you haven’t visited this unique exhibition yet, then head to ‘Jail Se’, a collaboration between National Institute of Design and Sabarmati Central Jail. The exhibition, an outcome of a classroom project by the MDes students of Furniture and Interior Design batch 2020, guided by Pravinsinh K Solanki, was inaugurated by Dr KL N Rao, IPS Additional Director General of Police (Prison) recently.Of the unique exhibits part of the display are beautiful bags with motif of step-wells to promote the Ahmedabad city tailored and fabric produced by jail inmates, created by Sai Aditya Bolgum. The production of bag expertise was guided by city-based bag exporter Chintan Shah, reveals Professor Solanki.Another student Gautamkumar has designed a diary which, besides blank pages, comprises handwritten story about inmates.The exhibition, ‘JailSe’ continues till July 30, 10am to 5.30pm at The Aquarium, National Institute of Design, Paldi. The entry to the exhibition is open to all.-AM

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The Indian Express | 12 hours ago | 29-09-2022 | 12:35 am
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For once, Divyansh Panwar isn’t fretting over targets and decimals. Instead, the 20-year-old world cup medallist who practices a sport that demands absolute stillness of mind and body – shooting – wants to let himself loose and shake a leg. “I’m in Ahmedabad during Navratri, so I got to try garba one of the nights,” the Tokyo Olympian says.Not very far from the Ahmedabad Rifle Club in the old city area, at the Sabarmati Riverfront, a rower can’t stop talking about Navratri as well. Not in terms of a garba night out, however. Turns out, most hotels at the six host cities of the National Games, including Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Bhavnagar, have refused to serve non-vegetarian meals because of the festival.“So, we have arranged all meals for them at the venues because, for them, protein is an important part of the diet,” an organiser says.At Sanskardham, the RSS-backed school that’s one of the Games venues, a giant hoarding bearing the images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel is being lofted.These are plastered all over the city and state – at important junctions, along the Sabarmati, on buses, at railway stations and airports — a not-so-subtle reminder of the other big ‘festival’ that’s around the corner – the Gujarat assembly elections.In this backdrop – splashed in the colours of Navratri and in midst of the election fervour – the National Games, biggest-ever in size and scale, get underway in Ahmedabad on Thursday.The Games unofficially opened last week in Surat after the table tennis tournament was held earlier than others since the paddlers have to be in China for their World Championship. Prime Minister Modi, though, will officially declare it open. State officials say it will be a grand opening ceremony at the stadium that’s named after him.The National Games, neglected and forgotten for years, were originally supposed to take place in Goa back in 2015. Due to a combination of factors, from terribly long delays, resulting escalating costs, lack of funds and the pandemic, Goa was unable to pull off the project.Then, three months ago, Gujarat sports minister Harsh Sanghavi said, the state wrote to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and offered to host the event. Within days, agreements were signed and wheels were set in motion.And so, a state with little sporting history outside cricket will host roughly 15,000 athletes and officials from 36 states and union territories in 35 sports over the next fortnight. Except a few, like Neeraj Chopra and PV Sindhu who have cited injuries as a reason for not participating, almost all top athletes have descended upon the city after the IOA, earlier this month, made it mandatory for them to take part in the event. 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The rest – from polishing the basketball court floor and installing big, bright lights in Bhavnagar to setting up a pier along the riverfront by fetching equipment from Pune and Bhopal, along with a new skating rink where the quality of floor has been questioned – the organisers claim, has been completed on a ‘war-footing’.“For last 15 days, I have been here 24 hours to get things done,” India’s rowing coach Ismail Baig says. In Bhavnagar, officials say they have been reaching the venue at 6 every morning and left at 2 am everyday for last two weeks.Bid for the OlympicsAll this, is to showcase Gujarat’s potential as the next big destination for sport and further push its bid to host the Olympic Games in 2036, given that host nations till 2032 are already decided. 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Times of India | 23 hours ago | 28-09-2022 | 01:15 pm
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Canoe, kayaking to make a splash at Riverfront
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 days ago | 26-09-2022 | 06:00 am
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Canoe Slalom and Canoe Sprint at Sabarmati Riverfront are likely to be one of the most exciting events at the 36th National Games 2022 to be held in the city soon. The Canoe Slalom event will in fact be played for the first time in the National Games, and its introduction happens to be at Sabarmati Riverfront. The two canoe events will be held on October 8,9,10 and 11.The adventure sport of Canoe Sprint and Canoe Slalom are an exciting affair and will attract a lot of people to the events. At the National Games, Slalom will be played in flat-level water from head to head which will be 180 metres. Normally, it is played in a rapid water with downstream-upstream gate at the international level, but the nature of the water body in Sabarmati Riverfront allows for only flat water.The Kayaking and Canoeing matches will have contests between boats of teams having both men and women. The top eight qualifying teams will compete in the Games for events.One of the teams will be from hosts Gujarat as a mandatory entry, while seven other teams have fought it out to make the cut for the final event.The competition for men will be of 200, 500 and 1,000 metre race events, and 200 and 500 metre for women.The Kayaking boat is a narrow single seater, two or four seaters with competitors pedalling away on both sides of the boat.Ramakrishna Puli, competition manager at the National Games, said, “Canoe Slalom will be played for the first time in National games. The Sabarmati Riverfront is world-class and very apt for water sports. The facilities and arrangements are good. The event will be conducted on the auto-start system which will bring complete transparency.”Gujarat can have more players in Canoe Sprint and Canoe Slalom. “Gujarat has to work towards making water sports popular. There is a plan to bid for the 2036 Olympics in the state. Acting fast now and encouraging players can get good results later,” said a source associated with the sport.“It is necessary to allow players to practice water sports in Sabarmati Riverfront. A dedicated space will help to promote water sports,” said another source.Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Kerala, Manipur, Haryana etc usually do well in water sports and Gujarat can do it as well. “A collaborative effort by the Sports Authority of Gujarat (SAG), coaches, parents and students, along with developing suitable infrastructure will enable the state to master the sport,” he said.Dr Bhagwatsinh Vanar, secretary general of Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association, said, “We wish that a proper permanent boat parking is allotted at Sabarmati Riverfront. This can lead to opening the training center which in turn can help Gujarat, India and international players too. As per our technical committee, it has the best course in Asia.”

Canoe, kayaking to make a splash at Riverfront