Pune: Following in the footsteps of other sportspersons in the country as well as his former Indian team colleague Ajay Thakur, former Indian kabaddi captain Anup Kumar has also been doing his bit for the COVID-19 relief efforts in India.
Anup has been in service with the Haryana Police department in Rewari and has been reporting for duty during the lockdown.
Speaking on the Pro Kabaddi’s Instagram live chat, Anup threw light on his work with the police force. “I have been posted in Rewari, Haryana and I try to go on duty as much as possible so that I can help out on – ground and convince people to stay at home. My only request to all is to follow the guidelines of the government and stay at home because that is the only way we can stop this problem,” Anup said.
Anup, who is the coach of Pro Kabaddi League’s (PKL) Pune-based outfit Puneri Paltan, has been an ideal role model over the years for upcoming talent, with a calm head over his shoulders in the toughest of situations and his achievements in the sport that speak for themselves.
‘Discipline comes first’
Opportunities and platforms like the Pro Kabaddi League were not available during Anup’s initial days as a Kabaddi player, and the former skipper stressed that while it is great to see such platforms coming up in recent years, discipline is key for the upcoming talent to thrive in any situation.
“Discipline always comes first, even if you are a great player, you need to be a good human being with a good nature. Youngsters nowadays are getting platforms like Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) which we never had, the facilities have improved now, but we have seen the hardships during our times, and hence they have to make sure they are disciplined while playing the game,” Anup said. “Keep doing hard work, aim to become a better player, and if you play with a good heart and discipline, you will see more people admiring your game,” he added.
Kabaddi players are often seen swearing by the mat to indicate they are telling the truth whenever a raider claims to have earned a touchpoint over the defender, or the other way round when a defender claims that the raider has not touched him. Anup spoke about how this tradition of sorts began.
“We used to see our seniors do it, and then we followed them. The mat for all the players is like God, and we respect the mat more than anything, so if a player has touched the defender and the defender denies it, swearing by the mat means he’s not lying and the defender might not have known due to different reasons, it is a sign of him saying that he is telling the truth,” the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup-winning captain said.