Kathmandu – Pickleball players from throughout the world have been invited to Pokhara nextmonth to compete in the country’s first open tournament.
Born in the US
A cross between tennis, badminton and table tennis, it is played using paddles and a plastic ball with holes in it and a net set at about tennis-height.
Organizer, Navin Gurung said that the tournament is taking place for the first time in Nepal. He said it was a pride for the state as well as the players.
Gurung, believed that the tournament would help enhance nation identity across the globe. he said the tournament would be an important occasion for publicizing the possibility sports tourism in the country at an international level, which help to Government Nepal Visit Year 2020 program.
History of Pickleball
After playing golf one Saturday during the summer, Joel Pritchard, congressman from Washington State and Bill Bell, successful businessman, returned to Pritchard’s home on Bainbridge Island, WA (near Seattle) to find their families sitting around with nothing to do. The property had an old badminton court so Pritchard and Bell looked for some badminton equipment and could not find a full set of rackets. They improvised and started playing with ping-pong paddles and a perforated plastic ball. At first they placed the net at badminton height of 60 inches and volleyed the ball over the net.As the weekend progressed, the players found that the ball bounced well on the asphalt surface and soon the net was lowered to 36 inches. The following weekend, Barney McCallum was introduced to the game at Pritchard’s home. Soon, the three men created rules, relying heavily on badminton. They kept in mind the original purpose, which was to provide a game that the whole family could play together.
Pickleball History Timeline:
1965: Pickleball is invented.
1967: Bob O’Brian builds first known court specifically for playing pickleball.
1968: Pritchard and several friends form Pickle Ball Inc. (later called Pickle-Ball Inc.).
1976: Tennis magazine publishes an article calling pickleball “America’s newest racquet sport”.
1976: First known pickleball tournament held in Tukwila, Washington.
1984: The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) was founded.
1990: Pickleball reaches the milestone of being actively played in all 50 states.
1997: At the age of 72, Joel Pritchard passes away.
2008: USA Pickleball Association publishes the Official Tournament Rulebook.
2009: First USAPA National Tournament for players of all ages was held in Arizona.
2016: USAPA creates a Juniors program to promote the sport for players ages 7 thru 19.
2018: Pickleball is currently being played in the US by over 2.5 million people, there are over 4,000 locations to play in the country as well as international competitions taking place in other parts of the world.
Who is Navin Gurung?
The UK centered Businessman Navin Gurung has owned Royal Oak Restaurant and work in British Airways. Founder President of Sahara UK club Gurung was born in Kolma, Syangja, Nepal. He has moved UK after completing his Intermediate degree fromTrichandra Multiple College. He is working to promote sports and charity tourism in Nepal. New organization “Support Nepal” soon to be registered in the UK to promote volunteer tourism where young gap year student from the UK will be given opportunities to work and visit Nepal at the same time.