The 46th Junior National Kabaddi Championships are underway in Rohtak, Haryana, with about 60 teams from all over the country taking part in the tournament. It’s one of the biggest national tournaments in the country, and this edition has representative teams from the states as well as a team from the Sports Authority of India (SAI). With the Pro Kabaddi auction and season looming, this is a fantastic platform for some of the young talent to catch the eyes of franchise scouts.
The home of Indian Kabaddi, Haryana has a large population following the sport, considering some of the biggest names in the game hail from the state. The Pro Kabaddi franchise based here, Haryana Steelers, is very popular among the fans. Many of the team’s initiatives involve working at the grassroots level. The Steelers work with academies across the state to get local talent on board. A large chunk of the talent is nurtured in these academies and supporting them commercially and technically, by giving out spaces or looking after the training, is the primary goal of the team.
Speaking to Kabaddi Adda, a representative from the Haryana Steelers said that such tournaments are an excellent platform for kids from rural parts of the country to showcase their skills and make a name for themselves. He also added that with the tournament taking place in Haryana, the Steelers were keen on taking the opportunity to associate with it and inspire more kids in their home state to take up the sport.
With that in mind, the player who impresses the most with his defensive skills and tackles at the 46th Junior National Kabaddi Championships will receive the Best Defender award, one sponsored by the Haryana Steelers. It’s fitting that a team captained by one of India’s legendary defenders is encouraging the next generation of defenders in the country with this association.
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