The arena seems quiet. Too quiet. You sneak up to the corner, strain your ears and pick up the sound of muffled footsteps.
The second you turn the corner, you realise it’s a trap. The area is empty, you swivel around to see two enemy soldiers rushing towards you. Your mind processes the threat at light speed, before you consciously make the decision, your finger pulls the trigger.
A yell of surprise follows the burst of green paint that hits them square in the chest. You pull off your mask, joining in the laughter. Over the sound of cheering from the viewing gallery, you hear your team chant your name with a new title- Paintball King.
Paintball is a sport in which players compete in teams to eliminate opponents by tagging them with capsules containing water-soluble dye and featuring a gelatin outer shell (referred to as paintballs) propelled from a device called a paintball gun.
A taste of the military
Paintball technology is also used by some military forces, law enforcement, para-military and security organizations to supplement military training.
Players are required to wear protective masks, chest guards, combat uniforms and neck guards. Game rules are strictly enforced and must be adhered to.
Participants must be at least 14 years of age. Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothes excluding Sarees and Dhotis. Further, people with health issues like cardiac problems, epilepsy, recent surgery, high blood pressure and expecting mothers are not advised to participate.