Putting Kerala floods tragedy behind, Punnamada backwaters hosts Nehru Trophy Boat Race

The 66th edition of the historic Nehru Trophy Boat Race (NTBR) is being held today at Punnamada backwaters in Kerala. About 81 boats including 25 snake boats are competing against each other this time, in the placid waters of Vembanad in Alappuzha.

Due to massive floods in Kerala in August, the event was postponed from second Saturday of August to second Saturday of November. Many VVIPs are set to attend the ceremony in which competitors will battle to bag prestigious Nehru trophy.

Actor Allu and his wife Sneha Reddy are among the special guests on the list. The race will be inaugurated by Kerala Governor P Sathasivam. Members of Indian Super League team Kerala Blasters, Union Minister of State for Culture and Thomas Isaac, Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran, Civil Supplies Minister P Thilothaman, Public Works Minister G Sudhakaran, Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala and others will attend the event.

“We are going to organise the boat race by giving special consideration to women, children, senior citizens and differently abled. Special pavilions and arrangements have been made for them to enjoy the boat race. Besides, the entire event will be organised in an environment-friendly and socially acceptable manner,” said the organisers of the mega event to New Indian Express

The organisers have adopted the Olympics model tracking and timing system to avoid unnecessary delays. The system was approved by the International Association of Athletics Federations and used in several international athletics events. Organisers have successfully conducted a trial of the new photo finish system.’’

The boat race is organised under well-quipped facilities. For instance, Olympics model tracking and timing system have been adopted to avoid unnecessary delays. This system has been used in several international athletics events, also approved by International Association of Athletics Federations.  With the implementation of ‘new photo finish system’, results will be determined in minutes, seconds and microseconds. High quality camera are going to be used for the race, which are able to click 3,000 to 5,000 frames a second. Such latest technologies are going to help organisers to precisely determine the results of the race.

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