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Rafting through icy waters Nikhilendra Singh,
an adventure enthusiast and health specialist from Secunderabad, has been selected for the world's greatest adventure raft race - Four Square Challenge 2001. Four Square Sports Gear, the title sponsors of Four Square Challenge and IMG, event managers & the world's largest Sports Marketing & Management Company, unveiled the dream 'Team Four Square' in Hyderabad on 23 February 2001. It was one of the unique hunts for adventure enthusiasts all over the nation, giving thousands a chance to live their dreams, by participating at the first ever world's greatest adventure raft race,the Four Square Challenge 2001. Aimed at discovering six new adventure aficionados, who would then be trained to compete against eight international and three Indian teams at the country's most sought after adventure rafting extravaganza, the month-long hunt is finally over.

The Team Four Square - Nikhil, Sujeet, Dhruv, Bipin, Deepa, ParidhiIt was certainly not an easy task for IMG, who had to carefully scrutinise thousands of entries received during this unique nationwide promotional drive of Four Square Sports Gear and finally selecting six adventure enthusiasts. Introducing the Team Four Square, Mr. Peter Hutton - Joint Managing Director, IMG/TWI, South Asia said, "The selection process, till now, has taken care of the specific capabilities required for each of the four rounds comprising the event and now, we would attempt that the final Team Four Square comprises of the best of these adventure stalwarts".

Team Four Square will consist of Nikhilendra Singh, a keen adventure enthusiast and a health specialist from Secunderabad, Sujeet Sabnis, a 29-year-old strong proponent of outdoor adventure from Pune, Bipin Bejjenki, a polo enthusiast and director of an adventure travel agency based at Jodhpur, Deepa Thatte, a young-in-spirit and an adventure buff from Mumbai, Dhruv Rana, a 25-year-old rafting aficionado and Flt. Lt. Paridhi Singh, a high-flying 29-year-old Indian Air Force pilot. These six stars will participate in the Four Square Challenge - 2001, once-in-a-lifetime adventure experience. "Past adventure experience, a good physique and above all, an unwavering spirit to challenge their own limits were some of the criteria employed by IMG to select these cheery and highly enthusiastic sportspersons," said Hutton.

Paddling the GangesGetting selected was just half the battle. The real task for this dream Team Four Square will now lie ahead as Isaac Wilson and Alan Burt, the world-renowned rafting stalwarts and trainers take charge of the Team for a one-month training course at Rishikesh. "The performance of each team member would then be evaluated at the end of the session and finally four members would be selected to compete with the other three Indian teams and eight international teams at Four Square Challenge - 2001, to be held on March 20-24, 2001 at the upper reaches of the Ganges, Rishikesh," said Hutton

Though the history of rafting in India goes back to 1973, this will be the first time when eight international and four national teams, including Team Four Square would challenge nature at The Himalayan Ganga, upstream from Rishikesh - regarded as one of the most formidable rafting courses in the World. The Four Square Challenge is a three-day white water adventure race, which comprises four different white water rafting contests, namely Raftathon, the Aquadash, the Flying Slalom and the Raft Kross. The total prize money of US $ 25,000, the biggest ever in the history of such events, adds to the excitement of the whole event.

TWI, IMG's television division, will produce four half hour programs on the event. These programs will be telecast on various channels including ESPN, AXN and Doordarshan reaching millions of viewers the world over.
-Mohan G Jagan

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