By Pelumi King
Football, lawn tennis, formula one, Basketball and most of our favourite outdoor sports are currently on break. Most of the time spent on watching and participating in our favourite outdoor sports are now spent doing things that are maybe less interesting than the time spent on our favourite outdoor sports. Many fans of those sports can be seen on social media lamenting how much they have missed they have missed their sports. Nevertheless, there are many indoor sports that that one can participate in. It may not be as interesting as your favourite outdoor sports but it is definitely going to go a long way in reducing boredom generated by the temporary postponement of our outdoor sport fixtures.
While some of the outdoor activities can also be played indoors, this pandemic called Coronavirus would not allow them to played as indoor sports because the government and health officials have stressed on the need for everyone to observe social distancing and avoid contact at least to a minimum with anybody. Here are some indoor sports that you can participate in having minimum contact with the opponent;
Scrabble is a very interesting game. It is kind of a mental exercise as the game makes use of intellect. It involves a player racking their brains to think of a word that they can form with the existing tiles they have. According to Wikipedia, Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by placing tiles, each bearing a single letter, onto a game board divided into a 15*15 grid of squares. In lay man terms, you have to use the letters in your tiles to form a word that exists in the English dictionary. It is a very exciting and interesting indoor game that one can begin to play.
This is probably one of the most popular indoor games in Nigeria. Some described Ludo as a game of luck. They might not be far from the truth as nobody really plans what numbers the dice will bring. It primarily involves four players but can also involve two players. In the game you race your four tokens (the small coloured buttons) from start to finish. The game also allows the players to eliminate a token if a token land in the same box of an opponent’s token. It is also a very exciting indoor game.
Chess, a game of strategy. It involves two players. According to Wikipedia, it is a two-player strategy board game played on a checkered board with 64 squares arranged in 8*8 grid. Chess involves wits, strategy, thinking, reasoning and tactics. One has to be really smart and careful when playing Chess. Chess is played by millions of people in Nigeria and probably billions worldwide. If a research is conducted, it will be probably one of the most played indoor games in the world during this global pandemic period. To many, it cures boredom so why not try it?
Table tennis can be played as an outdoor sports and an indoor sport. It involves two players, a table tennis egg and a table. If you have the standard table tennis table, good for you, enjoy the game of table tennis on the table nut if you do not have, you can set up the table with any available equipment you have. All you need is big table, a table tennis egg and a stick or anything else in the middle to serve as the net. It is as easy as that. It is a very enjoyable game.
Whot is a very popular card game. Wikipedia defines it to be a game played with a set of non-standard cards in five suits: circles, crosses, triangles, stars and squares. You can play Whot anyhow you want to play it. It is often described as a unique game and a game for everybody. It is also a game that anyone can play. It is very easy to learn and also very affordable.
These games can keep you company as long as your favourite outdoor sports are still on break. They are also games that relax the heart, body and mind. You will surely have a good time playing them.