Dabang Delhi Kabaddi Club is all set to host India’s biggest school kabaddi championship.
Pro Kabaddi League team Dabang Delhi Kabaddi Club (DBDKC) has announced the start of its grassroots programme with the launch of the Interschool Kabaddi Championship in Dehradun. Summer Valley School, Dehradun, will play host to India’s “biggest private school indoor broadcast tournament.
Amidst controversies and adverse court orders there is some good news for the kabaddi fraternity. Kabaddi, perceived as the Indian rural sport, is penetrating into the higher echelons of society, with an India’s largest all-Public School tournament. The Pro Kabaddi League Delhi franchise, Dabang Delhi Kabaddi Club is aiming to give children much-needed exposure in order to showcase their talent. With over 16 schools participating in the competition from 16th to 18th August, the tournament aims to be the stepping stone to building Kabaddi as a prominent sport in the country.
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Dabang Delhi Interschool Kabaddi Championship is a one-off-a-kind opportunity for children to interact with and learn from the finest players of the team. The franchisee’s players will be involved with the tournament at multiple levels, from commentary to coaching. The two finalist teams will be coached by the Dabang Delhi’s captain, vice-captain and team coaches. Apart from professional players being involved with the school teams, the tournament seeks to enable kids to play Kabaddi like the pros. As a first, the interschool tournament will feature a match environment similar to Pro Kabaddi League with international standard indoor mats, stadium lighting, live broadcasting, commentary and a professionally managed sports environment.
DoIT Sports Management, through its Kabaddi franchise Dabang Delhi Kabaddi Club, looks to build the grassroots kabaddi ecosystem. To do so, it recognizes that the sport needs to the involvement of children, who are the future of the sport. Recognising the true potential of the sport in Dehradun, with the objective of elevating the standard of kabaddi within the region, Summer Valley School in Dehradun has been chosen as the ideal location to ensure maximum participation and a professional level environment.
Commenting on this, Mrs. Radha Kapoor Khanna, Founder & Executive Director, DoIT Sports Management said, “The Interschool Kabaddi Championship is our way of reaching out to the future of Kabaddi in this country. We believe this is a true grassroots initiative, especially since we aren’t just sticking to Delhi. We’ve strategically chosen Dehradun, because it’s a hub of schools. We want to give children a unique experience with player involvement, live broadcasts, and state of the art infrastructure. With Kabaddi constantly gaining popularity in India, it’s important that we show the upcoming generation the future that exists for them in the sport.”
Col. Dr Jaswinder Singh (retd), Principal Summer Valley School said, “It is a matter of pride for us to associate with Dabang Delhi to host India’s biggest private school indoor kabaddi championship. A tournament of this scale has never been conducted in Dehradun before. The tournament will not only give the children an opportunity to showcase their kabaddi skills but also interact with international level kabaddi players, their mentors and heroes, giving them an experience they will cherish for the rest of their lives. We truly believe that initiatives like these will encourage holistic education for children and full fill our national dream of becoming a sporting nation.”