Ultimate at IIMA!

Conspiracy theorists ahoy!

Unidentified Flying Objects will be seen flying over IIM Ahmedabad’s famed Louis Kahn Plaza on Saturday and Sunday, the 4th and 5th of July.

IIM A will be hosting the Inter-City Ultimate Challenge, an Ultimate Frisbee competition, consisting of three teams: the Storm Chasers of Mumbai, Ahmedabad’s Indicorps and IIM A’s very own Flying Dutchmen. Saturday will see a round robin with the top two teams playing out the final on Sunday on the picturesque LKP lawns.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! It is an Ultimate Frisbee player.

If you thought that 20-20 was the height of excitement, you ain’t seen nothin. Ultimate Frisbee, or simply Ultimate, is a hyperactive game with every team engaged in end-to-end running. It has teams of seven trying to score by passing the flying object (the Frisbee!) to a player in their opponent’s end zone. Frisbee is IIMA’s own ‘national’ game, fiercely contested every night.

The Mumbai Storm Chasers came together in September 2008 and played their first game in Chennai in November. They want to promote the game in Mumbai and practice regularly in Mumbai. They are looking to form an Indian team to take on the world in Singapore in 2010. For more information check out: http://www.mumbaiultimate.com/

As early as 2004, athletes from Indicorps and sister organization Manav Sadhna have been informally coaching underprivileged youth to play the game of Ultimate Frisbee in Ahmedabad. They want to pass on not just a love for the fast-paced game but also the learnings from the “Spirit of the Game”. Ultimate is a ‘self-refereed’ game which requires high levels of integrity from all the players. The Ahmedabad Indicorps website has more information about their activities and this game they love (http://ultimate.indicorps.org/)

Frisbee has been a favourite sport at IIMA for at least the last 20-25 years. Every night the Frisbee fanatics come out to play under the blazing lights with the backdrop of the Louis Kahn Plaza. The students have formed a team called the Flying Dutchmen of WIMWI which will participate in the tournament.

The tournament promises amazing thrills and spills. Here’s hoping that the tournament brings focus on one of the alternate sports taking the country by storm. Stay tuned for the ringside seat coverage of all the excitement!

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