Indian kabaddi is gaining great popularity with the emergence of Pro Kabaddi League. Kabaddi is a sport that comes from the villages of the country and this is one big reason it could not gain the massive popularity despite being played by so many.
PKL, however, changed everything for this sport. It gave the much-needed boost to it. At the same time, if the men are getting the recognition, the women too are not far behind in this sport.
In December 2016, Indian women player Khazeema Saeed, after successful completion of first-ever National Women’s Kabaddi Championship in Pakistan, said that the win will help women kabaddi in long run.
While speaking to The Tribute, she said:
“The tournament was a great success. Women’s kabaddi is gaining momentum and I only realised it after playing the final where many of my friends, who are into judo and archery, began asking us how to get into the kabaddi team.”
In the last one year, kabaddi has been taken up by many female players and this is a really good sign for the times to come. Stressing on the same, she said:
“Since last year, the sport has really picked up with an increase in the number of girls trying out for the national side.”
She further said:
“There is a lot of talent on show; Army and other teams played really well and this is just the beginning. Men’s kabaddi has been around for years, but women’s sport has made huge strides now. Kabaddi is a very interesting sport; one has to be in top shape physically and possess a sharp mind as we need to strategize within seconds during the game.”