New Delhi, Sep 5 : Adventure enthusiast Rannvijay
Singh Sangha has launched Rocksport Challenge, an obstacle race for
school-going children. He feels the youth has distanced itself from
nature, and it will be an opportunity to test their physical strength
and problem solving abilities.
A brand extension to adventure sports company Rocksport Adventures, Rocksport Challenge
to promote adventure among youth, develop sensitivity towards nature,
and to instill a sense of go-getting attitude among youngsters.
realised the youth is not spending time with nature, they are not
indulging in adventure activities, they are not climbing trees, walls or
fences. They are very social only on the internet or in a coffee shop.
They are not active. It's sad," Rannvijay told IANS.
up in an army background, in the cantonment area, life was filled with
activities and adventure for the 29-year-old in his younger days. So it
irks him even more to watch youngsters spend their time in cafes and
The Rocksport Challenge will be conducted in two
categories - Junior Challenge (a three kms obstacle race for students
from class six to eight) and Senior Challenge (a five kms obstacle race
for students from class nine to 12).
"There will be wall
climbing, nets, barbed wire, ditch, Burma bridge, Tarzan rope, and other
such obstacles during the race," said Rannvijay.
and challenges would be employed throughout the circuit to test
endurance, strength, speed, dexterity and decision making while working
in a team.
Prelims will be conducted in various schools from
September to December, and four students from each category will be
selected for the semi finals to be conducted in the capital.
on the semi final performance, 20 schools will be selected for the big
final race, to be judged by a panel of judges, including Rannvijay.
The final race will take place in Gurgaon, with an all paid adventure trip to Kathmandu as the prize for the winning team.
Rannvijay says it is important to motivate people to take up adventure sports during their young days.
we go abroad, we like the lifestyle of the people there - they go for
cycling and boating. Here, we are waiting to retire and start doing all
that. It will be too late. So it has to be a way of life right now," he
"Also, right now there are hardly any options for weekend
adventure ideas. So let us make it available and let them choose. If the
choice is between a cafe, a cyber cafe, and a hookah bar, then how do
we expect them to say 'We want to be adventurous'? But if you give them
an option that 'Hey, this Saturday Sunday, do you want to go on an
adventure!', I'm sure the response will be great," added Rannvijay.