Think again. You can still join a team and play croquet for your town and even enter an annual competition in Beijing !! Even if you are from rural China.
And perhaps that is why many old people are taking up croquet all over the country. In Mengzi a very keen group of retirees are practicing their game in the morning with some turning up as early as six in the morning. The fresh autumn air is not too cold for the still healthy sports men and women. Most of them are already in their 70's. I watched them play several days as my friends and went for walks around the huge Nan Hu (West Lake) . We would end up with a nice bowl of Huen Tuen or Wan Tan in soup. (They don't serve Dry Wan Tan in Mengzi)
Croquet is a lawn game, played both as a recreational pastime and as a competitive sport. It involves hitting plastic or wooden balls with a mallet through hoops (often called "wickets" in the US) embedded into the grass playing court.
|Ladies waiting for their turn.|
|This elegant gentleman is happy in his thoughts.|
Zhao was 90 years old then.
Personally I believe that croquet not only has a bright future in the Grey World of the Future in Asia..but it may be a good game to introduce to Malaysian schools....but again....I am calling for school playing grounds to come back to schools...the concrete pavements would just not do at all looking at the pathetic conditions of many of our crowded schools.
Obesity can only be the result if our kids and adults cannot play and run around in an open school field.
Last note: Anxiety ridden Thoughts about joining these retirees - Do I qualify to join them? Would they be exclusive in their membership? Do you think I can get along with them? What if I get thrown out after only three days? What if they are pursuing protectionist policies - no outsiders please!!....questions...questions old people ask because they have tendencies for anxieties....