Shoeless Indian boys are proving that good players won’t have to wear the newest sneakers to score big in a basketball tournament, as some barefoot Trique boys recently won a slew of major games down in Mexico this week. WebProNews reports this Wednesday, Oct. 16, that the Indian boys swept the other teams with their skill and sheer talent.
The shoeless Indian boys who scored big in the Mexican basketball tournament were in fact a unique group of Trique Indian lads, a majority of whom played the games barefoot. When they emerged the victors of the basketball tournament over several other talented teams, the team soon began to trend in U.S. headlines.
The sports-loving boys’ team hails all the way from Oaxaca, a far southern state in Mexico. They now stand as the 2013 champions of the International Festival of Mini-Basketball, a yearly basketball tournament tradition.
In addition to the barefoot lads winning the slew of games, it wasn’t any overly tall players claiming the title either. The shoeless Indian boys, on average, says the report, didn’t even reach six feet, so it was dexterity on the court and pure basketball skills helping this group of guys from Oaxaca making it to the top.
A Trique Indian and coach of the team, Ernesto Merino, said that their so-called “shortcomings” actually led other teams in the major tournament to look down on the barefoot boys, even calling them the “barefoot mice from Mexico.” Yet the shoeless Indian boys used this underestimation to their advantage, displaying their “strength, speed, and resistance in an unmatched way” in front of the other teams, added the proud coach.
While all players are provided basketball-ready shoes after joining an official team, a majority of the boys said that they were going to go barefoot simply because they were comfortable playing shoeless, and even felt better equipped without any sneakers on their feet. Merino added that since most of the boys have grown up in poor families that were unable to pay for shoes or clothes very often, they were “used to not having shoes, to having to walk everywhere barefoot.”
It wasn’t just the shoeless Indian boys or the basketball team’s coaches that has the Mexican community proud of these hardworking players. The Mexican Chamber of Deputies and even Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto took to Twitter this week to honor the players for their win and coming out on top in the basketball tournament.