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    Take part in GetFit’s multi-sport event and show off your skills on the sand.

    CONTINUING their crusade to expand the reach of weekend sports in the city, GetFit is gearing up to conduct the first edition of its multi-sport event, GetFit Beach Games. Founded by Vikram Menon—former junior national tennis champion, who also played first division football for city-based Nethaji Football Club—GetFit is the new umbrella brand for Menon’s sports-related initiatives. “My first company, Phenomenon Sport, has conducted sports events across the country, while the second, miniSport, has hosted physical education classes for over 45,000 students across seven cities. We also do charity events where we help kids develop through sport. All this will now come under the GetFit banner, as part of a rebranding process we initiated six weeks ago,” says Menon.

    Four to endure
    The beach games—football, tennis and volleyball—will be held at the Covelong Point Surf School. And while surfing is part of the itinerary, it will not come under the competition category. “The event is open to all ages, and we are targeting a total of 36 teams to sign up. Eighteen have registered so far,” says Menon, who also trains tennis players like Somdev Devvarman. “We are pleased to have sports store Decathlon on board. They will sponsor equipment like balls, nets and lines,” he shares.

    Sending a message
    Though popular events like the World Volleyball Championship and the Ultimate Frisbee Championship have been conducted on the city’s beaches, Menon feels they are still under utilised. Hoping that GetFit Beach Games starts a culture of beach sports here, he reveals that he has more editions on the cards. “We intend to conduct it every three months, with different sports, such as frisbee, cricket or baseball,” he says. And if there is any doubt as to its potential for success, consider this: the number of teams signing up for his five-a-side football tournaments have risen from six to 160 in eight years. Need we say more?
    Rs 1,000 onwards. July 9-10.
    Details: 9884318969

    —Karan Pillai

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