The first ever Beach handball tournament in the state capital
Thiruvananthapuram: Though beach handball is an extremely popular sport played all over the world, especially in European countries, it was not very common in India in general and Kerala in particular till recently. This game, which is an outdoor version of the conventional handball is played on sandy beaches as against indoor stadiums. The ball is passed between the two teams and the players try to throw it at the goal of the opposite team.
Now, Kerala is all set to get the hang of the amazing Beach handball tournament. The three-day sixth National Beach Handball Championship for Men and Women is scheduled for March 14-16 at the famous Shangumugham beach in Thiruvananthapuram. 32 teams from all over the country are participating in this sports event, which will be played on a league-cum-knockout basis. Members for the Indian national team for the First Asian Beach Games to be held in Bali, will be picked up on the basis of the performance of the participants in this championship.
India is slowly starting to make its presence felt in the international scenario by actively participating and patronizing the exciting game of Beach handball. Kerala has a definite advantage in beach handball considering its amazing coastal line of over 600km of sand.