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Rohit Kumar urges inclusion of more nations for global reach of Kabaddi

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Rohit Kumar is famous for his Frog jump.

New Delhi: Bengaluru Bulls, with their all-round impressive performance in season 7 of Pro Kabaddi League, is all geared up for the Delhi leg starting from today, where Dabang Delhi will face Bengaluru Bulls. Skipper Rohit Kumar and star raider of Bengaluru Bulls recently spoke to Sports Lounge on various aspects of Kabaddi and his performance.

Excerpts:

SL: How important is a strategy in Kabaddi?

RK: Strategy is a crucial part of Kabaddi, it leads to the overall plan of the game and we cannot play any game without a strategy. The strategy basically guides to evolving points at some vital phases of the game.

SL: What steps must be taken to Kabaddi to the global level?

RK: Many countries are playing Kabaddi including Korea and Iran, however, for taking Kabaddi to a global level, international authorities must explore some strategies to include more countries to participate in Kabaddi tournaments.

Apart from including more countries, authorities must organise foreign tours and camps for providing some positive exposure to players.

SL: Bengaluru Bulls always start on a good note, but end up losing the game? How do you see it?

RK: I will look it in this way, the first impression is the last impression. Our team always had the intent of winning and started on a positive note to create an impact on the opposite side, in that way, we have also won many games in the tournament.

SL: What’s your strategy for upcoming matches?

RK: We need to control our moves and had to come with specific strategies for different teams. Our team have enhanced in terms of tactics and strategies.

SL: How would you rate your individual performance as team skipper?

RK: I would like to clear that, I am still learning as a captain. I always try to be on the mat, to boost up the confidence of my team. As a captain, I always aim to win the match.

SL: What are your views on coach Randhir?

RK: It’s been four seasons with him, he always believed in team spirit. Whenever our team did anything wrong, he discussed it immediately. He is a very good mentor and coach.

 

SL:  According to you, which is the best team in Pro Kabaddi League season 7?

RK: Every team is looking good, but Dabang Delhi and Jaipur Pink Panthers are really good this team.

 

SL: Being a fan of Akshay Kumar, how do you idolise him?

RK: I have been an Akshay Kumar fan since childhood. I used to watch his movies and dreamed of one day becoming like him.

He inspired me because he is also a sportsperson and so fit. He has made a huge name for himself in Bollywood and I want to do the same in kabaddi.

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Dabang Delhi to take on Bengal Warriors for PKL final

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Ahmedabad: Dabang Delhi KC will take on Bengal Warriors in the final of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 to be played here on Saturday.

PKL will have a new winner as both the teams are playing their first final.

The match will be played at EKA Arena by TransStadia here.

Coaches of the two teams are upbeat about the performances of their respective teams and claimed that the final will be amazing to watch, no matter who ends winning the title.

“No one knows who will win as both teams are equally good. Our players will do their best,” said Dabang Delhi KC’s coach, Krishna Kumar Hooda.

Hooda even expressed confidence that the tournament would give a few players the chance to secure their place in the national team.

Notably, Bengal Warrior’s coach B C Ramesh was a national player when Hooda was the chief coach of the Indian team.

“For tomorrow’s match, I believe that both raiders and defenders need to give their best. Along with hard work, luck also plays its role. I am glad that two new teams are playing the final. We will show the world how to play real kabaddi,” Ramesh said.

Dabang Delhi KC made to the final by defeating defending champions Bengaluru Bulls 44-38 in the semi final, while in the second semi final Bengal Warriors edged past U Mumba 37-35 in a tightly-fought contest to book a place in the summit clash.

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UP Kabaddi League: Varanasi Volcano and Muzaffarnagar Maharaja emerged winners of season II

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Lucknow: The second season of the UP Kabaddi League, which is partnered by UP Yoddha – the Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh based Pro Kabaddi League franchise,  was capped off by two contrasting finals in the men’s and women’s format.

In the men’s final, Muzaffarnagar Maharaja squared off against RR Polytechnic Varanasi Warriors. In contrast to the women’s final, this match turned out to be one-way traffic as the Muzaffarnagar outfit were in total control from the onset, dictating the pace of the game and eventually clinching the UP Kabaddi League Men’s title in convincing fashion, by a score line of 50-25.

Muzaffarnagar’s Ajay was named the Player of the Match, credits to his 11 point haul for the champions. Muzaffarnagar claimed another accolade, when their star all-rounder Bhishm Choudhary was named the Player of the Tournament.

In the women’s final, Varanasi Volcano defeated Baghpat Anokhi in what turned out to be a closely contested affair, thus claiming the UP Kabaddi League Women’s title. The match ended 27-27 after normal time, with the Varanasi outfit edging out 34-32 after extra time to clinch the championship.  Varanasi’s Kamini Tiwari was adjudged to be the Player of the Match following her stellar performance in defence.

The Champions of both formats were awarded one lakh rupees each while the runners-up were awarded seventy-five thousand.

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India to push for Kabaddi’s inclusion in 2024 Olympics, says sports minister Rijiju

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New Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has said that the government will try to push for the inclusion of Kabaddi in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

“Kabaddi is a perfect example of how an indigenous sport has grown successfully. This I feel is the beginning of the sports culture that we envisaged for India which is now becoming a reality,” Rijiju said while speaking on KBD Live at Star Sports Studio on Sunday.

“We will definitely push hard for Kabaddi to be part of the next Olympics as we are a billion plus powerful nation and so for this to become possible, we will have to put all our efforts together, but I am very confident about it.”

He did not elaborate on how this will be done but including a new sport in the Olympic roster is a long-drawn and cumbersome process, which also requires intense lobbying.

A sport will have to first get recognition from the International Olympic Committee. Then, its governing body will have to become a recognised International Federation (IF) of the IOC. The sport’s IF will then apply for admittance as an Olympic sport by filing a petition establishing its criteria of eligibility to the IOC.

Moreover, after a vote of the IOC Session on June 25 in Lausanne, the IOC has said that no further sports can be put forward for inclusion on the programme of the 2024 Olympic Games.

As Olympic host country, Paris 2024 submitted its proposal to include breaking, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing on the Olympic programme to the IOC. After an evaluation by the Olympic Programme Commission, the IOC Executive Board will make the final decision on the existing events and proposed new events in December 2020.

India has always been a dominant force in Kabaddi, which is part of the Asian Games.

Seven-time champions Indian men’s team claimed a bronze at the Jakarta Asian Games held in Indonesia last year, while the women’s team settled for a silver after being beaten by Iran in the final.

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