The Kabaddi dream: Hope of Coimbatore; Let’s Motivate together!
R. Preethi, daughter of construction workers hailing from Seeranaickenpalayam, Coimbatore had to drop out of college for not afford to pay the fees.
However, these trivial issues do not come up in her mind when she plays Kabaddi. “Playing the sport makes me forget the hardships,” she says.
Preethi led her team of girls hailing from a similar background to victory in a tournament held in Nepal last month. Earlier, they had won a national-level competition.
They went to Nepal, only with the help of their coach, G. Satish Kumar, who spent some money out of his pockets and managed to get a few sponsors.
Preethi’s teammate C. Keerthana, a class XI student from Thadagam, who only has her mother to look after her never misses the 5.30 AM bus to Nehru stadium, Coimbatore for her practice at 7 AM.
The girl skips her breakfast and has lunch at her coach’s house and a teammate’s house on alternate days as her mom could not afford it. ” Playing in Pro Kabaddi league is my ambition,” she says.
The team’s coach Satish, a former kabaddi player, who formed the team 4 years ago says that “The girls are very sincere and have developed skills to play in all sorts of competition, just waiting for their turn”.
The Pro Kabaddi League is a professional-level Kabaddi league in India. It was launched in 2014 and is broadcast on Star Sports. However, Season 8 which was scheduled to be held in 2020, was canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Way to go, Kudos girls.