The World Memory Sports Council for India organised the eight edition of Indian National Memory Championship 2017, at Necklace Road on Sunday.
Biggest ‘Memory Championship’ ever!
Upto 345 participants from 13 states took part in the championship, which incidentally is the highest participation at any Memory Championship, in the world. The top 50 winners at this Indian National Memory Championship will gain eligibility to represent India at the World Memory Championship to be held at China on December 5; the winner of which gets a prize money of one crore rupees.
The participants were tested in the 10 memory disciplines of Memorising Names and Faces, Binary Numbers, Random Numbers, Abstract Images, Speed Numbers, Historic / Future Dates, Random Playing Cards, Random Words, Spoken Numbers and Speed Cards.
Speaking about the event Sqd Ldr Jayasimha said, “We have popular sports events and competitions for body and physical fitness, but there was no such competition for brain. This is as essential or even more than the body fitness. To keep our brain fit and sharp, we need to jog the brain, constantly challenge it, this competition aims to work towards that. If the brain is sharp, we can achieve much more, bring in innovations, resolve issues, find answers and make the world much better place to live.”
Chambers added, “China dominates the World memory sport today, with five of the top ten Memory Champions hailing from there, followed by Germany, USA and Sweden. India with a population as that of China has a fantastic opportunity up there. Grassroots work like hosting this Championship can popularise this sport and inspire more kids to participate. The key to good memory is using it and exercising it. There is no age barrier for memory, an elderly person can maintain as strong a memory as he had when he was young.”