If you go to Besant Nagar Beach next weekend, there are bound to be surprises. For very rarely one sees people sweating it out on a game of beach volleyball. You would see not only teenagers and sports enthusiasts but also some corporate honchos at it.
The 2nd edition of the Beach Volley Ball Inter-corporate Challenge is to be held in the city on April 5 and 6. About 32 teams from various corporate houses are taking part in the Challenge. The event is an attempt at bringing in a culture of healthy lifestyle among employees of corporate houses and to promote Chennai as a beach destination.
“About 30 participants have registered for the event. On Saturday, all the 32 teams will fight it out. On Sunday the quarter finals, semi-finals and finals will take place,” said Martin Sudhakar, general secretary of the TN Volleyball Association.
He was speaking at a press conference to announce the event in Chennai on Friday.
The general secretary said that more needs to done to promote the beaches of Chennai as a beach volleyball destination with more infrastructure and permanent locations on the beaches for the sport.
“People who tend to take to strenuous sports like beach volleyball are likely to be more fit and less likely to gain weight. This is important for a healthy lifestyle and for prevention of various lifestyle diseases like cancer. People who are fit also tend to have more immunity levels,” said Dr Prithvi Mohandas of MIOT Hospital, one of the sponsors of the event.