This tournament was not easy for us as a team where we were expected more by many who has been following the game and also we have a point, not to prove for ourselves, but to those who have been wondering whether we had gone back to our work and has forgotten the glories of this sport in our hectic other life schedule or whether we are still with it's complete intensity which it demands.
This was the thought process behind which we as a team gathered back on 6th of January and next 25 days we took our preparations making sure that we used them to great effect while training for it's standard to suit and bring to actual cultural core.
Once we had gone on to Norway and the quiz tournament got gearing from 2nd of February there was hardly any time left for any other plans to come through and we realised the hectic time management of this area which finally made us recognise the speed and accuracy required to be in the platform.
This was benefitial also as it was going to be vital in the knock out matches with high qualified teams using speed to defeat their opponent and hence we had to counter our experiences that later proved handy at all costs.
Prepared but still anxious what to be coming in front, we took on the charge and got ourselves ready for the tournament looming ahead on the morning of 2nd and from thence on we were on the move to make the mark of accuracy for ourselves at large.
Knowing the tradition of my community we were already planning how to tackle braille round and it went well in all ways.
I took on the responsibility as captain to read first the braille questionire handed through and then also took charge to write with lifting the braille slate and inserting the white paper and picking my stylus as it is done in all first rounds of quiz tournament in our community standards.
Once the answers started to blend in through they were fast and i expected the same from my team also insisting during my training session back at home that how we should do that.
Happy that things are going into the right direction we were one of the 4 first finishing teams and that time lock gave us the momentum we required to go through for the next round being healthy to recognise us how our impetus is going to be in the whole tournament processing through.
As also 8 countries had been dismissed at the end of round, and that happened due to their slow speed and lack of accuracy of answering which was sad but thats how the game goes on and some have to stay and other have to leave which we understand and thence the next round proceeded.
The coming round was the digital round and we got bit surprised knowing that it will have three separate phases on the basis of the teams coming in which means that few more would be going home due to their slower responses at the end of the round.
The first phase went wel for us as we sat in alphabetical order and there we were quick to go through one word answer type pattern.
In the second round we took advantage of our e reading capacity and used JAWS to great effect while answering that proved healthy once it was over.
In the third phase it was the team move and thence all of us remained on touch of game ending ourselves 4th in the last group stage as the knock out phase was clear and only 16 teams remained from the 40 in all who have been in counting in the start.
We did a short press confrence after the digital round and according to the tournament rules by the name toss we were asked to face the first knock out against Sweedon andn we accepted it with happiness looking forward to the knock out stages looming ahead.
However knock out stage was not as challenging affair for us once we have witnessed how the others team play and use their tactics well enough to support each other as the speed was the key element and that was what we focused to make sure that things tick by with our performances.
In the round of 16 as mentioned above we faced Sweedon and their left and right challenger did pose critical competition for us but with slowness of their captain and vice captain we took chances and it paid off for us in the round of 16 as we defeated them with margin of 8 rounds to 18 phases.
In the round of 8 from where Quarters mainly begin we thence faced Russia and knowing them well back from facing in Indian Birds Quiz in 2017 main match we knew their weaknesses wel and launched on to the double speed tactics that suited well and helped in the positive result of 21 to 11 rounds making us through for the Semi finals looming above.
In the semi finals as expected a pacific team to be, We met New Zealand and we faced them with a particular challenge from George and Elis being captain and Vice captain, thus the match went into the tie breaker after 17 round a piece but we made sure that it not goes too far thus in the second tie breaker we launched more speed and thence we managed it through to be in the finals first time as Indian VI team to be qualified for the Oslow Grand Quiz and the happy moment I guess were not far as well from there on.
In the finals our biggest challenge was Naves Kalmeiav who is one of the proficient expert of quizzing and has been the key cause due to which norway has been great success at home thus we studied him closely and recognised his moves to make sure that we can take him in line as I am sure that opposition would have done in consent relative to me and my team going forward into the finals.
Once it was done we as team also made plan on the whole team as individual players and all 3 boys and our senior lady as vice captain came to the party and me considering the challenge recognised through experience that which moves should suit best.
In the finals generally here were 4 basic rounnds in which 1st had 8 phases containing 3 -half minutes each, the second round containing 16 phases with equally 3-half minutes each, the third round containing 4 segments with 9 minutes each and the last round having bigger 2 phases containing 1 hour each as time limits to cover.
We took our time adjusting to the regulations, made plans and after all time management, words from coach as well as captain and the exact accuracy to act we proceeded in our own styles.
After all the pressure used, all the experiences tilted, the accuracy and speed on highest show, India managed to defeat Norway from 27 bolts to 17 in all 4 rounds leading it 4-3 which was great in all respects.
Here we would like to thank all who have been great support including the local staff, the Indian External ministry for our arrangements, our coach with management staff and all who have been with their blessings and wishes to make sure that our confidence not become low.
My sincere thanks to parens, family and all the relatives for their trust and helping us through cheering for the sake of it.
A quick thank you note to the Indian Quiz Federation, Norway committee of the Blind and international Quiz Federation for all the facilities and the arrangement with their heartiest of cooperation.
And ultimately thanks to the crowd who came in such huge numbers here at the Oslo Grand Hotel corridor making it a great experience, Thank you Norway for your love, We shall always remember it as visually impaired, For now cheers from charlie...