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Wednesday , December 18 , 2013
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Combat code in fresh challenge

Sourav Yadav from Lycee School and Sarbojit Sen of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Ordnance Factory Dum Dum, were locked in combat for half an hour with none allowing the other an edge. It was time for a tie-breaker and Sarbojit finally triumphed.

The paintball competition on the final day of the prelims of Dabur Red Paste presents TTIS Challenge 2013 powered by Hero Cycles at Swabhumi turned out to be an edge-of-the-seat affair. “We loved the game. It gives an adrenaline rush and involves tremendous physical and mental co-ordination,” said Sourav, Class IX.

For Sarbojit, a student of Class XI, it was not so much about winning as playing with friends. “It was great fun. This was not a competition for us but a game zone.”

Paintball proved to be a big hit on its debut run with as many as 17 schools enrolling. “Paintball has given TTIS Challenge a whole new colour,” smiled Sohail Qasim, a Class XII student at St. Thomas’ Boys’ School.

The combatants were required to capture a baton from enemy territory. Each team had two shooters and one runner. The shooters covered the range for the runner who had to go into enemy territory. For the tie-breaker, the two teams were allowed five shots each at point-blank range and the person who got hit the most number of times lost.

The combat ground and equipment were set up by Calcutta Paintball Club, a gaming club run by six friends.