The Indian Gymnastics League recent concluded at the Prabodhankar Thackeray Krida Sankul in Mumbai. It was held under the aegis of the RYP Invitational (in memory of Dr. Ramesh Prabhoo) conducted by the Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Smarak Samiti presided by Mr. Arvind Prabhoo. The three-day league starting from the 7th through the 9th of December is a rather new concept within Indian gymnastics, being the first competition conducted in a league format. The second season of the league has proved to be bigger, better and more exciting than its previous year! This one of a kind competition divides its gymnasts among four teams, with four male and four female athletes in each team. The teams must work together across eight events which include, vault, beam, bars and floor for women and rings, high bar, vault and floor for the men. The rules require the gymnast to compete two skills and a dismount on each event, based on certain requirements they must fulfil.
The teams must strategize and select its best gymnast on each event and ways in which they can maximise scores, however, every gymnast must compete at least once. Top gymnasts from across the country where chosen and divided into the four teams. .
The teams must strategize and select its best gymnast on each event and ways in which they can maximise scores, however, every gymnast must compete at least once. There was an enrolment process through which gymnasts could register for the league. Top gymnasts from across the country where chosen and divided into the four teams. The first two days consisted of qualification rounds, wherein the four teams competed against each other based on a draw. The Bhoir Bouncers were up against the Orbit Swingers and the Perusal Jumpers tried their luck against the Paramita Twisters. It was a tough fight amongst the teams, where mistakes were made but fellow members of respective were able to find ways to bring their teams to the top. Such sportsmanship and team effort were what made the competition interesting and unique, since gymnastics is often considered an individual sport.
At the end of two days, The Swingers and Jumpers successfully made it to the final round. Each team started with a clean slate and had to compete all the events once again. A very close and nail-biting competition ended in tie breaker which was designed as a front tuck sticking competition. Similar to a penalty shootout, each team had to put up five members to stick their skill. It was ultimately the Swingers that won the title for the first time after missing out last year. There was a prize money of Rs.1 lakh was awarded to the winning team, while the runner up won Rs. 50000.
The eager wait for the third season of the league is evident amongst the gymnastics community. The hope is that such initiatives are given more recognition in order to support and encourage sports like gymnastics within the country
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from Aditi Gandhi