Time not yet ripe for Women’s Kabaddi League: Charu Sharma

Jigar Hindocha
Thursday, 31 May 2018

Mumbai: Women kabaddi players will have to bide for their time to get under the flashlights of franchisee league wee bit longer than expected.
The founders of Pro Kabaddi League are in no mood to rush things just yet even as women’s kabaddi challenge was launched in 2016 with three teams giving rise to speculations that a full-fledged league for women could be launched.

Mumbai: Women kabaddi players will have to bide for their time to get under the flashlights of franchisee league wee bit longer than expected.
The founders of Pro Kabaddi League are in no mood to rush things just yet even as women’s kabaddi challenge was launched in 2016 with three teams giving rise to speculations that a full-fledged league for women could be launched.

“We need all the things in place before we rush to launch women’s kabaddi league. I do not want to put cart before the horse,” Charu Sharma, the founder of Pro Kabaddi League, said on the sidelines of PKL Season 6 Player’s Auction in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Just as the BCCI is going slow on growing demand for women’s IPL, the Pro Kabaddi League is having a patient approach towards launching women’s league. “We have done it once and you will see it again in future. Everything will be done step by step,” added Sharma.

Umpiring standards
During Season 5 many decisions given by on-field umpires were not up to the mark which received backlash from the franchisee owners and fans on social media.

“Umpires are humans and mistakes can happen. My team was involved in one wrong decision and even I was disappointed but when I had a word with officials they explained to me how tough it is to do umpiring in real time,” explained Abhishek Bachchan owner of Jaipur Pink Panthers.
“It easy for us to watch reply and find the faults but when you are on field things become difficult to judge so the error can happen. I must say we have best umpiring standards and it is improving every season,” added Bachchan.

Kabaddi Academy
Mashal Sports Pvt Ltd and Amateur Kabaddi Federation are running future Kabaddi Heroes Program since last two years and they have received an overwhelming response from youngsters.

On the same line, Tamil Thalaivas owner Nitin Kukreja has launched a grass root level programme for students in their ‘catchment area’.

“We have started academy under our grass root level program where we will be training 70 students and we will also provide them free education. Our focus is to create opportunities for youngsters,” said Kukereja.

Tamil Thalaivas was one of the youngest team of Season 5 and most of the players in the team were from Tamil Nadu.  “We are three years behind other teams in the league. We are developing and we will become better and better in future,” added Kukereja.

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