The Pro Kabaddi League has taken the nation by storm due to its sheer entertainment which connects the masses to get glued to their television sets. Kabaddi has been successful in luring the youth to take up the sports and learn through its organic presence.
In an exclusive interview, SportsFlashes India got the opportunity to ask a few question to the CEO- Mr Soumya Khaitan of one of the most prestigious team in Pro Kabaddi League, The Dabang Delhi, where we spoke about the new initiative taken up by Dabang Delhi to promote interschool tournament in Dehradun, the preparations of the senior team for the upcoming PKL season, and about Indian Kabaddi team’s participation for the Asian games:
Q) What do you have to say about the new initiative taken by Dabang Delhi regarding the interschool championship? And what made you chose Dehradun?
A) Students are the future superstars of the sport and Dehradun being one of the biggest school hub of the country was a big plus, along with the proximity of Dehradun, which connects us with Delhi NCR – our own fan base territory, which will be very very loyal to our team. There will be future heroes and fans who can take the country to greater heights.
Q) How has the response been so far?
A) The response has been fabulous. We were looking for a tournament of at least sixteen schools, now the tournament has grown and we are looking to have 24 schools – because of the additional requests that came from multiple schools who wanted to participate in it. We have increased the size of the tournament.
Q) Why is it important to promote the sport since grass root level?
A) It’s important for any aspect of life be it sports, education, that grass root is where the future lies. From any point of grass root is something which we need to focus on, because from a young age people learn technique, people learn… grooming needs to be done properly. So it is critical for the legacy of sports to carry on, so we think it’s a very important factor for us to be prominent, be present, and get thr right teachings, through right aspirations, by the right people, so that they can maximize to their strengths in the future.
Q) How is the Delhi Dabang team shaping up for the upcoming PKL season?
A)The Training camp has started from the 7th of August. The teams looks good, the team looks positive, and the coach looks very confident. We would know a lot better in the days to come.
Q) Would you like give our Indian team a message for the upcoming Asian Games?
A)We wish them all the best. We are proud of them, and the whole nation is looking and watching and waiting for them to come back home with the gold medal.
The interschool tournament will be from the 16th - 18th August, while the sixth season of the Pro Kabaddi League kicks off on the 19th of October.
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