New Delhi, Jul 4 UNI | 18 days ago

The Sports ministry today formally announced its backing to the eight-city franchise-based Pro Kabaddi League to start in Mumbai from July 26.

"It is indeed very heartening to know that Mashal Sports has taken such a bold, pioneering step in re-focusing the attention of the nation towards what is our own national heritage sport," Sports ministry secretary Ajit M Sharan wrote in a letter to Mashal Sports managing director Charu Sharma, who is the brains behind the league.

"Considering its zero equipment nature and development of stamina, strength, skill, strategy and team work, Kabaddi could once again drive the youth of India towards a fitter lifestyle," added he.

The league will be telecast live on Star Sports.

For a country that has dominated Kabaddi internationally, winning six consecutive gold medals at the Asian Games since 1990, Pro Kabaddi will go a long way to extending India's reputation as a true global leader in the sport.

Expressing his delight at the Government's acknowledgement and support, Charu Sharma said, "It is very encouraging to have our efforts recognised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. One of the main aims of the Pro Kabaddi League is to provide a showcase for the modern, sophisticated, competitive flavour of the sport giving it the stature it deserves and establishing Kabaddi as an inspirational sport for the youth of the country. With the Government's approval we have moved closer to attaining that goal. With the amount of support we have received from all our partners, I have no doubt that Pro Kabaddi is rapidly moving towards becoming the next big thing in the global sports spectrum."

(Posted on 04-07-2014)