I don’t know if you are familiar with this game, but we used to play it when we were studying 5th / 6th standard. I now wonder why it was familiar in that school alone – I did not play this before, and did not play this afterwards as well!
In Kho-kho, there is a rectangular field and people of one team sit in opposite directions in the middle line. Three people of another team get into the field. Members of the sitting team start chasing the three of them (one by one) and need to get all of them out. The team that gets maximum people out in a given period of time wins. You can see this 2 min video to understand better (Actually the guy evades the chasers quite well).
When I was in sixth standard, two interesting things happened. Since, I was considered to be a good runner, I was a part of the sixth standard team. One day after school hours, we played against the seventh standard team. They had some much better runners than ours. But maybe since we practiced more, we won! The PT masters and the seventh standard guys were shocked! Actually there was one guy in our team and it was very difficult to get him out (of course, it was not me!) and I think it was because of him we won.
Our seniors were pretty much irked by the result and they challenged us to play one more match. But why would we want to fore-go our record? We refused sternly and for the rest of the year we were pretty much undefeated by them (Because we didn’t play them again 🙂 ). Maybe the current world no. 1 ranked Indian test cricket team can learn how to retain rankings from us! 😉
Some other day, during a PT period we played boys vs girls. For some reason, guys asked me to go and request the girls for a kho-kho match, and the girls in my class were sportive enough to accept the challenge.
So, the girls were chasing us first. I, along with two others got in to the field. As you might have guessed, I and another guy got out pretty fast. But the guy whom I mentioned in the above 6th Vs 7th Standard match, just did not get out for the full duration of their chase! And then, we chased the girls – Everyone were out well within the fixed duration!
I want to mention this here because – In the quest for equality, girls might have over scored boys in exams (mainly due to mugging), girls might have out-shined guys in IT jobs (mainly because of copy-paste, testing, excel sheet updation, code maintenance and absolute lack of innovation in that field), but it should go on record that AT SOME TIME IN HISTORY ONE SIXTH STANDARD GIRLS TEAM LOST TO ONE SIXTH STANDARD BOYS TEAM IN COMPETITIVE KHO-KHO (PLAYED VERY FAIRLY) AND THAT RESULT CANNOT BE REVERSED AND IT IS ETCHED IN MY BLOG NOW – HA! 😀
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