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The Competitive Edge

Sport 6

This is a picture made at the Fazza International Basketball Tournament held in Dubai for the Physically Handicapped Athletes. In most ways, I guess the picture says it all. There is a fierce determination to win, the athletes are restricted to their wheelchairs, but that’s about it! They are as competitive as any other athlete you would see anywhere. The game is fast, there is a lot of bumping, nudging and blocking that goes on, in order to maintain possession of the ball, and to score as many baskets as possible. There is also a lot of cheering from their team mates who are on the sidelines, so overall a nice exciting event.

Every now and then one of these athletes fall or get knocked off their chairs, and the game stops immediately; not by the refree, but by the players themselves! There is a rush towards the fallen athlete by the ¬†players from both teams,- to help him back into his seat, displaying a level of sportmanship that seems to be dwindling in today’s world. As soon as he is strapped back into his seat, its back to business for all.

Its a good event to photograph; the game is fast, and if you use a slow shutter speed on your camera, you could create some very interesting shots that depict movement/motion.