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International sports club offers a taste of world sports

Rajiv Sharma, MD (left photo), says goodbye to a long ball in a cricket match at Drayson Center. Terence Lewis, MD (right photo), a LLUMC gastroenterologist, hurls the ball down the wicket pitch at lightning speed.
Rajiv Sharma, MD (left photo), says goodbye to a long ball in a cricket match at Drayson Center. Terence Lewis, MD (right photo), a LLUMC gastroenterologist, hurls the ball down the wicket pitch at lightning speed.  
A new international sports club recently formed in the department of internal medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center promises to bring the drama and excitement of world sports to the Inland Empire.

What is the most popular sport in the world? Many Americans think it’s football. They’re right, it is, but not the kind they play in the NFL. To sports fans in other parts of the world, football means soccer. And soccer is easily the most popular sport in the world. 

So what’s the second most popular sport in the world? “That’s easy,” says Rajiv Sharma, MD. “It’s cricket. Approximately two billion people play cricket worldwide.” A basic form of cricket can be traced back to the 13th century, but it may have existed even earlier than that.

Dr. Sharma, a second-year resident in internal medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center, is the organizer and founder of the sports club dedicated to helping  residents and attending physicians of the department of internal medicine make time for fun and relaxation, although club activities are also open to all interested individuals.

“Living a balanced life is very important,” he stresses. “Most of the time we work too much and don’t exercise or play enough. That’s why we decided to start the sports club. We see it as an extension of the University’s mission ‘to make man whole.’”

In forming the sports club, Dr. Sharma is supported in his efforts by internal medicine program directors Daniel Kim, MD; Debra Craig, MD; Gary Thompson, MD; Samuel Baz, MD; and former program director Terence D. Lewis, MD, who is an avid cricketer from Australia. Dr. Lewis views the sports club as a welcome step towards boosting morale among the internal medicine house staff, many of whom—like himself—hail from cricket-playing nations.

Dr. Sharma notes that in addition to soccer and cricket, the club also organizes games of volleyball, basketball, badminton, and golf. He invites anyone who would like to play to contact him by e-mail at <rasharma@llu.edu>.

By James Ponder

TODAY news for Thursday, October 29, 2007