- Title: RUSSIA: TABLEHOCKEY - THE FIFTH MOSCOW TABLEHOCKEY CUP TOURNAMENT.
- Date: 12th March 2005
- Summary: MOSCOW. RUSSIA (MARCH 12, 2005) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. WIDE OF THE HALL / PEOPLE PLAYING TABLEHOCKEY 2. CLOSE UP OF TABLEHOCKEY BOARDS 3. HANDS OF PLAYERS 4. CLOSE UP OF TABLEHOCKEY SET 5. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MIKHAIL MARGOLIS, PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN TABLEHOCKEY FEDERATION, SAYING: "This is a very serious sport, may be some people are sceptical about it and have stereotypes since childhood that it's a children's game, they are wrong, it's a sport, of course. And this is the biggest competition in this sport, the result of five years of activity of the Russian Federation of Tablehockey." 6. CLOSE UP OF TABLEHOCKEY SET 7. CLOSE UP OF A PLAYER 8. CLOSE UP OF A TABLEHOCKEY SET 9. BOY PLAYING TABLEHOCKEY 10. WIDE OF THE HALL 11. FACES OF PLAYERS 12. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DANIEL WALLON, TABLEHOCKEY PLAYER FROM SWEDEN, SAYING: "I am from Sweden and Sweden was the best country [for tablehockey] since the start of tablehockey history in 1982, but now Russia is the most exciting tablehockey country in the world." 13. WIDE OF THE HALL 14. TABLEHOCKEY SETS 15. FACES OF PLAYERS 16. BOY WATCHING THE GAME 17. MEDALS AND AWARDS ON DISPLAY 18. CLOSE UP OF MEDALS 19. WIDE OF PLAYERS SHAKING HANDS, LEAVING Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 27th March 2005 13:00
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
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- Story Text: 5th Moscow Tablehockey Cup has attracted 140
participants from seven countries.
North America's NHL season has been abandoned after
a pay dispute between the players and their clubs, but ice
hockey of a different kind is still thriving on the other
side of the Atlantic - in the Russian capital.
Tablehockey is a minature version of the game, or is it
a sport? A total of 140 players from Russia, Ukraine,
Sweden, Finland, Belarus, Israel and Latvia, who gathered
in the Russian capital for the 5th Moscow Tablehockey Cup,
are convinced it's not a children's game, but a real sport.
"This is a very serious sport, may be some people
are sceptical about it and have stereotypes since childhood
that its a children's game, they are wrong, its a sport, of
course. And this is the biggest competition in this sport,
the result of 5 years of activity of the Russian Federation
of the Tablehockey" - says Mikhail Margolis, President of
Participants of all ages - from seven to 50 -
competed in Moscow on Saturday (March 12) in a big modern
sports complex with 60 tablehockey sets inside.
Tablehockey, which was played by children all over
the world, was considered a sport for the first time in
Sweden, where in 1982 the first tablehockey tournament took
place. It became increasingly popular in Scandinavia, the
Baltic states, especially Latvia, and Eastern Europe.
"I am from Sweden and Sweden was the best country [for
tablehockey] since the start of tablehockey history in
1982, but now Russia is the most exciting tablehockey country in the
world" - said Danial Wallon, in the short
break between the games.
The winner will get a silver cup, 1000 Euro and a
mobile phone. But this is not what attracts most of the
participants of the Cup. For adults - its a chance to
become children again, just for a day, no matter how
seriously they take this sport. For their young opponents,
on the other hand - its an opportunity to become equal with
adults and to face them on the "ice" in a fair game.
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