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Jharkhand farmer’s teenage daughter becomes Kabaddi inspiration in Maoist area

Anita Kumari, a 17-year-old female Kabaddi player, has become a star in Jharkhand’s Latehar district after she was selected to represent Junior India Kabbadi team at Asian Junior Kabbadi Championship at Kathmandu in Nepal

other sports Updated: Jul 06, 2017 16:47 IST
Vishal Sharma
Vishal Sharma
Hindustan Times, Latehar
Anita Kumari, a 17-year-old teenager, has become an inspiration for young boys and girls to follow Kabbadi after she represented the Junior India Kabbadi team at Asian Junior Kabbadi Championship at Kathmandu in Nepal(HT Photo)

A 17-year-old female Kabbadi player from a non-descript village in Jharkhand’s worst Maoists’ affected Latehar district is inspiring young boys and girls to follow Kabbadi, not a popular sport in the region, as a career.

One of the most backward districts in the country, where young boys and girls from the rural impoverished families often get lured by the extremist organisations or migrate to other states in search of livelihood, Palamu is now proud to have this daughter, who has made a mark for herself through her sheer grit and determination.

Anita Kumari attained a sort of stardom recently after she was selected to represent Junior India Kabbadi team at Asian Junior Kabbadi Championship at Kathmandu in Nepal. Her popularity scaled up further when her team defeated Pakistan at the international meet to clinch the title. Asian Junior Kabbadi Championship was held at Kathmandu between 15-18 June.

Anita now dreams of getting selected for senior national team at the earliest and is busy following hectic training schedule.

Having completed matriculation from a high school in Barwadih, Anita is presently pursuing Intermediate in science from a college in Daltonganj. She attributes her success to her father, a tribal farmer, who fought poverty, social discrimination to allow her pursue her dreams.

“My parents supported me at every step. My coach Munna Sir also kept motivating me whenever I lost hope,” she said.

The young prodigy is currently working hard to secure a berth in the senior team. “I want local boys and girls to play Kabbadi. In fact, sports should be adopted as a way of life as it teaches many positive things besides giving you a lucrative career option,” she said.

Hailing from a very poor family at Paira village in Barwadih block of Latehar district, Anita loved sports from childhood and wanted to be different from others.

“Instead of opting for more popular sports like athletics, football, hockey or archery, she chose to pursue Kabbadi four years ago and her bold decision has now bore fruits,” informed Ashfaque Ahmad Munna, her coach and officer-bearer of district Kabbadi association.

Her father Dashrath Singh, a tribal farmer said, “She has been sports loving since early childhood. But we had never thought that she would travel foreign countries to play for the country and make the nation proud. I am overwhelmed to see her getting a star’s attention. Local people are sharing their happiness on her success.”

First Published: Jul 06, 2017 16:46 IST