Kabaddi Gaining Popularity : Mamata Pujari

Hyderabad, Mar 9,2012, (PTI) : Discouraged once for choosing to play Kabaddi, Mamata Pujari, skipper of the Indian women's team that won the World Cup in Patna recently, has come a long way.

"Some people told my parents why they are letting me play Kabaddi as it's a men's game.

But now, my village near Mangalore (in Karnataka) is known as Mamata's village," she told PTI here.

"Kabaddi is played mainly by girls from villages. Girls in cities select cricket, badminton or so. But now, popularity is growing for Kabaddi too," she said adding that there used to be a shortage of coaches earlier and the game had to be learnt by watching matches of other players.

Despite the odds, she persisted with the game and went on to play for India in 2006.
Expressing happiness, Mamata said her career got a boost after she shifted to Hyderabad in 2006 working for the Railways.

"Railways and the Government supported me a lot which helped in sharpening my game."
The recent Kabaddi World Cup attracted huge crowds with space becoming a premium, she said.

She urged the government to extend financial help to the players as an encouragement.

Noting that players from various other countries like Iran were putting up a good performance now, Mamata felt that the Kabaddi would get a boost if it is included in the Olympics.

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  • sunil, Mangalore/Singapore

    Sat, Mar 10 2012

    Karnataka government itself playing skipping game? Then what else player expect from this government ??

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  • Ted, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 10 2012

    Kabaddi is @ present popularised by Indian sports authorities coz it is the only sport left where we can continue receiving medals as long as other countries get to know the game, probably once the world(Chinese) know the game we can popularise other less know sports like Kutti Donne, Kori Katta,Kambala, Lagori, etc

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  • anil, mlore/q8

    Fri, Mar 9 2012

    congrats mamatha......
    i hope soon u will get rewards from karn govt.........
    but right now our CM BZZZY VTH ELECTION CAMPAIGN.... HE might not received your winning news.............
    he hiself 2 look after his SEAT.......

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  • Joel, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 9 2012

    Dear Gerald, The KAR NATAKA Govt. will a BDA site and Rs.5 Crore and after 10 days they will come to know they don't have authority to do so... then they will set up a committee to investigate and seek a report.. By then everybody will forget that India Women’s Team Won World Kabaddi Title..

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  • Gerald O F Fernandes, Mangalore/Ireland

    Fri, Mar 9 2012

    Mamata, Maharashtra Govt., has announced Rs.1 crore... for each player of his state who took part in winning the world cup of women's kabaddi. What about our Karnataka Govt's dicision towards You being a SKIPPER?

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