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Impressions by Thomas Winkler

Before I came to India I had never ever heard of ‘Kabaddi’. When I found out about it, I was puzzled: an ancient sport that was nearly forgotten had become a big TV event. A sport that is as Indian as Masala and the Taj Mahal is trying to become international. But primarily I was surprised what a simple game it was. Playing catch from your childhood combined with wrestling. A child’s game played by strongmen who have to be as brainy as they are brawny.

So I learned to love the sport because of its technique and tactics, because of the complexity in simplicity, because it’s fast and furious and fun to watch.

But first and foremost it reminded me what sports are all about, but gets too often lost in the face of all the hype and business and media overkill that today’s professional sports have become. It reminded me that nearly every professional sport used to be a child’s play, that the fascination we feel watching world-class sports is grounded not the least in the fact that we are watching people who are living a dream. The dream to prolong childhood for forever. A dream we dreamed when we were children but only came true for a few.

 

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Impressions
Visit to New Delhi
Field trip
Visit to the State Chancellory in Stuttgart
Visit to New Delhi
Panel Discussion on Climate change
Visit to the EU Parliament
Program Partners
Indo-German Media Network
Visit to ZDF
Townhall Reception
Visit to New Delhi
Newsroom Insights
Program Partners
Visit to the Centre for Science and Environment
Output 2019
Output 2019
Visit to Ralegan Siddhi
Visit to Stuttgart
Meeting in Berlin
Workshop in Berlin
Visit to Dresden
Visit to Stuttgart
Visit to Stuttgart
Visit to New Delhi
Meeting with HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar
Field trip
A visit to Timbaktu Collective in rural Andhra Pradesh
Townhall Reception
Meeting with the Mayor of Hamburg Mr. Olaf Scholz
Visit to the Centre for Science and Environment
Meeting with Sunita Narain
Visit to Ralegan Siddhi
Meeting with noted social activist Anna Hazare
Visit to Stuttgart
Discussion with Experts at the Foundation
Meeting in Berlin
Preparatory workshop for German fellows
Workshop in Berlin
Cross Border Journalism Training Workshop with Alumni and current fellows
Visit to Dresden
Meeting with the Mayor of Dresden, Mr. Dirk Hilbert
Visit to Stuttgart
Meeting at the State Ministry
Visit to Stuttgart
Tour of the SWR Studio
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