Pune: The three-month long season of Pro Kabaddi League Season 5 got over last Saturday and League Commissioner Anupam Goswami is hoping for one more long season in 2018.
“We are getting a lot of experience with the game, and my top priority is to increase the level of kabaddi every year. We have interest in women’s kabaddi as well, but at the moment I am setting my eyes on one more successful long season in 2018,” said League Commissioner of Pro Kabaddi League Anupam Goswami in an interaction with Sakal Times.
“I want kabaddi to run for four to five months which is my aim and for that if we may have to add few more teams. At the moment we are trying one thing to another every season.”
Pro Kabaddi League came out with KBD Juniors in the 2017 season while in Season 4 Women’s Kabaddi Challenge was conducted.
“This season we came out with KBD Juniors. The reason behind that was to introduce the game to English medium schools. Generally, kabaddi is considered as the game of villages and breaking it through the city and making my players their hero was my aim,” added Goswami who feels that three new teams getting into ‘Superplayoffs’ was the best part of the season.
Women’s League far
“Women’s League will not be happening in 2018, Please understand the difference, women’s matches may happen but not a separate league because at the moment our focus is on men’s kabaddi.”
Women’s challenge happened between three teams in Season 4 and Storm Queens emerged the winner defeating Fire Birds.
“Last time we did women’s kabaddi on the same size of mat which was our learning experience. In future we may come out with different ideas,”
“There are many things which are on the cards. We need to see what is the ratio of women kabaddi viewers, how many women players are playing? Do we have more indoor stadiums?”
“One thing is sure that whenever it will be happening, it will be best women league of the world,” added Goswami.
Kabaddi WC on cards
The year 2018, can see lots of kabaddi action as Asian Games will take place from August 18 to September 2, 2018, where the national team will be seen in action against the likes of Iran and Korea. Meanwhile the Kabaddi World Cup may also take place.
“Last time the Kabaddi World Cup was held during October so the window opens in October. This time there might be more teams taking part,” concluded Goswami.