Indian Badminton League Star – Markis Kido

Indian Badminton League has seen some wonderful badminton actions, especially from the International Stars.

Markis KidoIndonesian doubles specialist Markis Kido has set the court on fire with some dazzling and flamboyant play. He plays for the Awadhe Warriors (Lucknow) franchisee and has been instrumental in the journey of the franchisee to the final of the IBL.

His pairing with Mathais Boe in the men’s doubles has worked wonders for the franchisee and the pair is lived upto their expectations with brilliant badminton.  And, with his sister Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth, he has dominated the mixed doubles segment as well.

Here are a few video links to breath taking play by Markis Kido. Savor these !


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Kinds of basketballs

Leather basketball – The outer surface on these basketballs is 100% genuine leather in most cases. Due to this they tend to be more expensive. They can be used only on indoor surfaces as dirt, and the abrasiveness of the outdoor surface will ruin it quickly. Leather basketballs have to be “broken in” to achieve proper grip and control. This kind of basketball is recommended for recreational play.

Composite/ Synthetic leather basketball – When compared to leather basketballs , composite basketballs are more durable. They do not have to be broken in are can maintain itself better during a game. This kind is also not as expensive as leather basketballs, and an another advantage is that it can be used both indoors as well as outdoors.

Rubber basketballs – These are the most durable kind, and are ideal for the wear and tear seen on outdoor basketball. They can be used on indoor courts as well. Rubber basketballs are the least expensive of the lot.

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Chanelling – There are two kinds of chanelling – narrow and wide. Wide chanelling is much better because is gives the player more control and grip.

Bladder of the basketball – The bladder of is the part which retains air. Butyl bladders have lower levels of air leakage in comparison to the latex bladders, and therefore are best suited for outdoor/ hard surfaces. For those who might play on a grassy surface basketballs that have  a latex bladder.

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There are 3 materials from which basketballs are made, the most expensive kind being leather which is ideal only for use on indoor courts. Apart from this there are rubber and composite leather basketballs which can be bought online. The bladder of the basketball is also an important factor too take into consideration. Buy basketballs online on www.sports365.in and get irresistible discounts.

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It’s National Sports Day!

August 29th is celebrated as National Sports Day to commemorate Dhyan Chand , one of India’s erstwhile hockey players. This Indian hockey legend redefined the sport for the country with his outstanding talent, and brilliant achievements. The aim of National Sports Day is to spread awareness about sports to every corner of the country and also enlighten people on the various opportunities in terms of international competitions and so on.

Celebrate National Sports Day!

National Sports Day is celebrated with various events such as walkathons, friendly hockey matches and for also football tournaments will also be hosted across the country. On Tuesday FICCI made it official that Dhyan Chand’s birth anniversary would be celebrated as National Sports Day. There’s a whole lot of sporting fun happening in India today, if you are a sports fanatic be a part of it! These sporting events are being hosted with the help of other sports bodies like Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Authority of India, All India Council of Physical Education, Association of Indian Universities and Asian Football Development Project.

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National Sports Day – Time to make it Big!

The world typically does not associate India as a nation to sports naturally. While India may be one of the super powers in Cricket and Hockey (in past), there isn’t much to talk about in other sporting disciplines. And, hence this notion!

On 29 August every year India ‘celebrates’ its National Sports Day. This is in memory of Indian hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, who was born on 29 August 1902. It is unfortunate that people do not celebrate it as widely and fondly as other days. But, the hope is that things are changing and they can only change for good!

Dhyan Chand is one the all time greatest hockey players and it was not for nothing that he was nick named ‘The Wizard’. He mesmerized the world during his playing days with his superb ball control and goal scoring ability. Not surprisingly, Indian hockey was at its pinnacle during the times when Dhyan Chand was at helm. It is unfortunate that Indian hockey is no more a super power in current times.

The recent success and popularity of non cricketing sports like Badminton, Tennis, Wrestling, Archery and a few more is an encouraging sign. Today, we see lot more kids and young players getting seriously involved in these sports as well. Sporting properties like IPL, IBL, I-League have also successfully positioned sports as not just recreation but also as lucrative career option.

Understandably, the time when India will shine in Olympics and other multi-national multi-sports events is a little far away. But, we are at least taking the steps in the right direction!

Let us join together and celebrate National Sports Day like any other significant day for the nation and truly transform India into a sporting nation.

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