Kabaddi needs better infra in stategurgaon Updated: Oct 23, 2016 18:24 IST
The players demanded a well-organised route for youngsters interested in the sport from an early age.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo )
Haryana’s sportspersons and coaches have approached the state government to develop kabaddi centers in various pockets with proper mat facilities.
They said that the low-cost infrastructure development will give a boost to sport and provide players with a better ability for performing at international and national level games.
Most players come from rural areas and hardly have any training facilities in their districts.
“It is necessary to practise on mats as it is slippery and has less friction, whereas on the ground, movement is restricted. Our players need to practise on mats for better performance at the international level,” kabaddi coach Sunil Dabas, who has been made the member of Olympic mission cell set up to transform sports in the country, said.
The players demanded a well-organised route for youngsters interested in the sport from an early age. They also demanded the introduction of kabbadi with proper infrastructure at the school level.
“The players start their sports from the school level and in Haryana, we lack in providing facilities,” Dabbas said.
“If we get the facility at our village level, there are chances that our performances can match the international standard,” Yogesh Kumar, a second year BA student, said.
kabaddi skills also allow youngsters get a job in the military and paramilitary forces through sports quota.
There is a need to work out a collaboration between sports and education to ensure that students get the best facility for sports.
Haryana sports minister also noted a crunch in the infrastructure. “After wrestling, our focus is on kabaddi. We will ensure that the players get the best facilities including matted-floors, indoor centers and well-trained coaches,” Anil Vij, sports minister, Haryana, said.