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Issue:June' 2019

HITS & MISSES

The spirit of adventure

K DATTA

Kami Rita Sherpa Reading about the Nepali sherpa Kami Rita who climbed Mount Everest for the 23rd time took this writer back to the day – May 29, 1953, to be precise – when a roar went up in the news room of the paper he worked for. It was the first time that man had stood on the roof of the world, as the world’s tallest mountain is known. In fact, there were two men who stood there, namely Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, of Nepal up there. The two who created mountaineering history were part of the ninth British expedition led by Sir John Hunt.
The frequency with which people now find their way up to the 8,848 metre-high peak during the Nepal’s mountaineering season has ceased to make news the way it once did. It is a challenge more and more people of all ages and both genders wish to undertake, no matter the risks involved.

According to the latest count, 296 people have lost their lives. Which makes one ask: Why climb the mountain? The one-line answer for all time is: “Because it is there.” For the sherpa who went up there it might well be his profession. But for all those who line up in advance of the climbing season to seek the Nepal’s government permission for the climb it is the lure of adventure.

The lengthening list of Indian climbers includes at least two women climbers, Bachindri Pal and Santosh Yadav, the latter having climbed the mountain twice.

Claiming the record as the oldest man to set foot on Mount Everest is Japan’s Yuichi Miura, who accomplished the feat in 2013. Mr Miura, it is said, aims to repeat the feat at age 90. Watch out for this old man.

Experienced sherpas usually guide foreign mountaineers on the way to the Everest. They usually prepare the route and help fix ropes and carry oxygen cylinders and other supplies.

“I can climb for a few more years,” Kami Rita told BBC before scaling the mountain on his 23rd attempt. “I am healthy – I can keep going until I am 60 years old. With oxygen it’s no big deal.” Believe it or not, Kami Rita climbed to the summit yet again less than a week after his 23rd ascent.

Nepal has issued a record 381 permits worth $(US)11,000 each for this year’s climbing season. Over 750 climbers will take the path to the Everest in the next few weeks.

Thrill of breaking barrier

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge Athletic records, call them barriers if you like, are challenges meant to be broken some day in the future. The obsession of breaking the two-hour marathon barrier continues to haunt athletes, sports scientists, equipment manufacturers and c h a l l e n g e - l o v i n g businessmen.
Having won nearly every marathon title in recent times and the favourite to achieve the new human milestone, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge has declined to participate in the Doha World Championships later this year and instead give another shot in running a subtwo-hour marathon in tailored conditions.

The Kenyan will now try his luck in London in a project sponsored by billionaire Jim Ratcliffe. Helping Kipchoge will be a select group of pacemakers, a rolling drinks station and Nike’s revolutionary carbon-insoled Vaporfly shoes that claim to improve running economy by up to four per cent. Never mind that, it won’t be ratified. The thrill will alone be worth it.

Kipchoge, 34. last year came very close to breaking the 2-hour barrier when he ran the 2018 Berlin marathon in two hours, one minute and 39 seconds. He followed that effort by winning the 2019 London marathon in April in 2:02:38.

To Limba Ram’s aid

Limba Ram It is heartening to see the sports authorities lend a helping hand to one of India’s greatest archers, Limba Ram, who is struggling against Parkinson’s disease and has requested financial assistance. The Archery Association and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) helped the former archer to get admitted into a city hospital first and then into All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), while the government sanctioned Rs10 lakhs for his treatment. Furthermore, several individuals, companies and former cricket star Bishan Singh Bedi are also lending a helping hand. Bedi advocated that the Sports Ministry should provide health insurance to all past and present leading sportspersons, just like the cricket board has done. Irrespective of the outcome, all sportspersons should be educated about health insurance, so they can avoid such a situation.

OBITUARY

John Banerjee

John Banerjee John Banerjee was excellent pace bowler of Dayanand Yougmen’s Association and Lucknow University for more than a decade. His record in All-India Sheeshmahal Cricket Tournament was impeccable. Jonn’s doings in inter-unersity were outstanding.
He entered Golden Club in 1950 and lost in the final to hosts at Victria park by four runs.
Actually, Golden Club’s four was denied. Askari, skipper, made a wrong call.
John and K.R.Wadhwaney were the chief performers.
John had a smooth run-in and possessed a lot control on outswingers.. Had Golden Club’s fielding been a bit better, the Golden Club would have won by a comfortable margin.
John was a pillar of DYA on several tours. On Nainital Lake, he took advantage of breeze and bagged bulk of wickets. He played in the spirit of keeping it young.

John was a man, who spoke his mind and liked to get his way. He won or lost with equally good-natured grace. He always muttered ‘batsman’s life is one ball. He was short and slim but bowled enthusiastically throughout till cowed returned home. He was small, perky and alert like a cat. Everybody were surpised at his strength and energy he drew from his othervwise fail frame.

--K.R.Wadhwaney