Kenya clinches Roll Ball world Cup title

Kenya clinches Roll Ball world Cup title

Kenya edged out hosts India to clinch the third edition Roll Ball World Cup at Balewadi sports stadium in Pune.

The Kenyan roll ball team won the title after defeating India 2-1 in the final match.

It was sweet revenge for Kenya who wrote a redemption story in 2015, after losing to India in a tightly contested final in Nairobi in 2013.

The Iranian squad defeated Kenya’s East African neighbor Uganda 1-0 in a third-place game staged at the Shree Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex in the Balewadi suburb of India’s western city of Pune.

The competitions brought together 16 teams in the women’s section. A total of 33 teams from across the world vied for the top honor during the five-day event.

Roll ball is played on skates and between two teams of 12 players. Only six players out of the 12 are allowed to play on court at a time.

A player can hold the ball in single hand or both hands, but must dribble the ball while carrying it.

The game was created by Indian sports teacher Raju Dabhade in Pune, India. Dabhade is now the secretary of the International Roll Ball Federation. Raju Dabhade, a sports teacher at Bal Shikshan Mandir school in Mayur Colony, had invented the roll ball game – a combination of skating, handball and basketball – in 2003.

Since, he has extensively visited countries from Belgium in Western Europe to Belarus in Eastern Europe and Russia to Africa and America, meeting sports federations to explain the concept of roll ball through rule books and CD presentations. His efforts bore fruits and today as many as 30 countries are registered with the International Roll Ball Federation (IRBF).

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