What’s garden bowls, the outside sport that gave India its historic gold on the Commonwealth Video games

New Delhi: The Indian girls garden bowls workforce created historical past on the ongoing Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham Tuesday by successful a gold medal within the girls’s fours format. The workforce, consisting of Rupa Rani Tirkey, Pinki (recognized solely by her first identify), Nayanmoni Saikia and Beautiful Choubey, received the medal by beating powerhouse South Africa.

From Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to the Ministry of Railways and businessman Anand Mahindra, congratulations poured in for the workforce.

However not many are conscious of this outside sport that includes immense accuracy and understanding of angles.

How is garden bowls performed

Garden bowls is commonly thought-about a mixture of ten-pin bowling and the winter sport of curling. Whereas in ten-pin bowling, the aim is to take down all of the pins on the finish of a lane, in garden bowling, the workforce has to get the ‘bowl’ (the ball) closest to a goal, which is called the ‘jack’.

Bowls are largely spherical ball-like objects, sometimes product of wooden, rubber or plastic resin, having flattened sides and a diameter between 112mm and 134mm. The bowls weigh as much as 1.59kg and infrequently have indentations on them to permit gamers a greater grip.

Gamers stand on both facet of a 600mm lengthy and 360mm broad mat and take turns rolling these bowls in an try and get closest to the jack. The jack is both white or yellow in shade and is smaller and lighter than the bowl.

Within the fours occasion, the primary bowler, referred to as the lead, is adopted by the second and the third. The final bowler is known as the ‘skip’ and is the chief of the workforce. Every workforce member will get two bowls per spherical. In any case eight bowlers have bowled twice, the groups swap sides.

On the finish of every spherical, factors are awarded to the workforce that has its bowls closest to the jack. Umpires use a tool referred to as field measure which makes use of a string to measure the space between the jack and the bowls. Within the fours occasion, every match ends after 15 rounds, with the successful workforce being the one with probably the most factors. If there’s a tie between the 2 groups, they play further rounds till a winner is asserted.

Since its inaugural version in 1930, garden bowls has been part of the Commonwealth Video games. To date, England, Australia and South Africa have received probably the most medals within the recreation, having received 51, 50 and 44 medals respectively. Scotland has received 20 gold medals on the Commonwealth Video games thus far.

India has participated in garden bowls occasions on the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Video games. The nation’s earlier finest was at fourth place within the 2010 girls’s triples garden bowling occasion in Delhi and within the 2014 males’s fours occasion on the Commonwealth Video games in Glasgow.

India has alternatives to win within the upcoming girls’s triples and pairs, in addition to the lads’s fours garden bowls occasions on this version of the Commonwealth Video games.


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