Cricket becoming popular among Tibetan’s in exile

November 14th, 2007 - 2:09 am ICT by admin  
Dharamsala, Oct 13 (ANI): In a country where cricket is not just a game but a religion, the Tibetan community in exile is the latest to jump on bandwagon of the cricket-crazy nation.

Living in Dharamsala, the adopted home of his holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibetan youths have discovered a passion for the much-loved sport.

Tenzin Dawa, the captain of the team, says his boys regularly play with Buddhist monks for token prizes.

“Monks also play with us, as every Sunday we keep a match with them, betting for Thumps Up (aerated drink),” said Dawa.

And these monks, like thousands across the country, are huge fans of players.

“They love Sachin, Sourav but they especially like Mahendra Singh Dhoni,” added Dawa.

And India’s fierce love for the sport and the intense coverage that it gets from the media that has also played a part in popularizing the game among the Tibetans.

“They never used to play cricket in Tibet. When they came to India, under the exposure of media they came to know about cricket. We used to teach them about the game and they are taking interest in the game,” said Dorjee, a teacher in a Tibetan Transit School.

What has added to the game’s popularity is its ability to act as a great stress buster.

Having lived away from their homes in Tibet and in exile for decades, this newfound passion for the game has become a great pastime for the Tibetan youth.

More than 150,000 Tibetans have taken refuge in India since 1959 when the Dalai Lama and his followers fled their homeland, after an abortive uprising against China. (ANI)

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