Most people have definitely played arm-wrestling when they were young, it is a sport that challenges one’s speed and strength.
While it doesn’t require any equipment to play, the highly economical game is making a comeback in India, causing a nation-wide sensation.
來自印度的拉克斯曼（Laxman Singh Bhandari）十分熱衷扳手腕運動，他在三年前曾在亞洲錦標賽中獲得金牌殊榮，更成為國際賽事中的裁判。為了推廣這項運動，他在1995年成立了扳手腕運動俱樂部「Royal Sports Club」，在這25年間不分男女老少，培養了許多人投入這項運動，更在2017年舉辦新德里洲際錦標賽，吸引超過750人前來試試身手。
Arm-wrestling enthusiast Laxman Singh Bhandari has worked relentlessly to popularize the game in India.
As an Asian Championship gold medalist three years ago and an international referee, he started an arm-wrestling club in 1995. He has cultivated people from all walks of life in this field through more than two and a half decades.
The club even organized a Delhi state championship in 2017, attracting around 750 entries.
“It is not strictly about strength. Technique and speed are equally decisive factors,” Laxman said.
“When the referee says ‘ready and go’, you have less than a second to react. If you mess up your timing then the game can turn against you,” he added.
He pointed out the beauty of arm-wrestling is that “It is a game for everybody.”
“This game is for all age groups and it is played by all categories. Even the physically challenged can play,” he said.
He also mentioned the growing participation of females as well as kids who are physically challenged.
「Royal Sports Club」訓練了超過300名女性學員，不少女性學習扳手腕是為了增加自信和自我防衛。
Royal Sports Club has trained more than 300 women, many of them took up the sport to build confidence and empower themselves.
One trainee among them, Shruti Bawa, shared her change after learning the sport.
“I can cross the road by myself and go anywhere I like, I am confident to travel on my own,” she said, adding that these are the things she didn’t dare to do before being trained in arm-wrestling.