Kabaddi players seek nod for tournaments | Chandigarh News – Times of India

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Barnala: One of rural India’s favourite games, Kabaddi suffered due to various Covid-19 restrictions over assembly of persons. This has put kabaddi players in a precarious position as they remained out of action for the last nearly six months. All local, district, state and international tournaments — sources of their earning — came to a grinding halt. The last kabaddi tournament in Malwa area of Punjab was held on March 16.
Now kabaddi players have handed over a memorandum to the Barnala deputy commissioner (DC) asking government to allow the games so that they may start earning again.
International kabaddi players Kala Singh, who had met the DC along with Pamma Thikriwal and Bhalwan Maur, said, “Kabaddi tournaments used to be held round the year with some lean period in the peak summer. Many players used to visit the US, Canada and Australia to play in various clubs and used to earn handsomely and returned after a few months. Here too they used to earn regularly by playing as almost all the villages used to hold tournaments. But for the last couple of months, they are going to the ground only for practice and no tournament has been allowed.”
Kabaddi promoter Daljit Singh said the players are facing lots of hardships because of Covid-19 restrictions. “We are approaching the authorities to allow the game to be played with certain restrictions.” Another international player Sukhwinder from Bajakhana in Faridkot said villages used to put up handsome cash prizes, but everything came to a standstill because of coronavirus.
Former minister and Punjab Kabaddi Association president Sikander Singh Maluka said, “Though not many tournaments used to be held in the summers, some players used to get invites from abroad. But now things have come to such a pass that many players find it hard to run households. We are approaching state and union governments to allow the activities at least from October so that the players may start earning.”
Barnala deputy commissioner T P S Phoolka said the memorandum would be sent to the state government for consideration.



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