As the world is at halt due to the coronavirus shutdown, Sports & Management Research Institute (SMRI) was exploring new sporting avenues.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the sporting world to stop. With countries across the world imposing lockdown to fight against the deadly virus it has been a tough period for all the athletes. This unusual situation has impacted the athletes both physically and psychologically. Since the lockdown, online gaming has accelerated exponentially. But physical sports ceased during these tough times. Numerous events have either been cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic.

Players are finding it difficult to cope up with the situation as the lockdown is throwing some serious challenges in front of them. Staying motivated, being mentally and physically fit is the biggest challenge of all. The thought process and fitness of the athlete get affected while being at home for such a long time. Fans are also waiting eagerly for their favourite stars to take the field as soon as possible.

As the sporting world is left standing, esports is proving to be vital and is growing day by day. With the people around the world being more digitally equipped, the demand of esporting platforms has been increased drastically. People are getting more indulge in online sporting activities nowadays. Where other traditional sports see a crisis for their operations, the esports industry is benefitted because of the enormous opportunity as the only sport left standing.

The most difficult task is to kick off the physical sporting activities again while staying at your place. Sports & Management Research Institute (SMRI) have found a solution to start physical sports. After realizing that esports is at a rise SMRI has connected esports with physical sports. This new initiative of physical esports is proving to be an effective way to link the players and audience with sports.

SportzWagen, a sports startup inspired from SMRI collaborated with SMRI to make physical esports a success. They organized various physical activities through online mode during the lockdown. They also organized competitions to bring physical sports back on track. The main objective of this unique idea was to ensure that the players will remain fit and active while being at home. A large number of audiences also got engaged and enjoyed the online live stream of the games and activities.

The idea was originated in the heart of Sheethal, Operations Head of SMRI and the founder of SportzWagen, the world’s first online platform for physical sports. SportzWagen has been conducted three physical esports tourneys successfully so far. They are continuously trying to conduct such events to give a new dimension to physical sports.

The live physical esports events Mr. & Mrs. Lockdown, an online pushup challenge, Sit Ups King & Queen Challenge and the Online Carrom Champ were also streamed live on Facebook. Shravan A S, a sports management student of the SMRI was the Commissioner of the tournaments.

Sports lovers from the different parts of the world accepted the challenge and more than 100 contestants participated in each event. The entire event was made lively with the presence of host Abith, a former RJ. These interactive events brought the feeling of excitement and enthusiasm within the players and spectators more than an onsite event.

SportzWagen and SMRI are looking forward to conducting many more such virtual events to promote physical esports for the betterment of sports during this time of crisis.

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