· This mega Kabaddi tournament saw participation from 22 teams from various colleges in Pune
· The defence duo-Dharmaraj Cheralathan and Girish Ernak were present for closing of the tournament
Pune, September 27, 2017: Puneri Paltan, one of the key teams in Pro Kabaddi League organized an Inter-College Kabaddi Tournament on 23rd and 24th September at Liberty Square Garden, Phoenix Market City, in Pune. 20 matches were conducted in a period of 2 days. The atmosphere was filled with excitement and delight as the crowd cheered for their favourite teams.
The winner of the tournament was Shahu College for the boys’ category and NMV College in the girls’ category. The runner up were RMD Sinhagad College for the boys’ category and Kendriya Vidyalaya (B.E.G) in the girls’ category. The best players were Shubham Shelke (Shahu College) and Rutika Homname (NMV College) from the boys and girls category respectively.
Key players of Puneri Paltan - Dharmaraj Cheralathan and Girish Ernak motivated the players with their personal experiences and anecdotes. They gave some tips to the budding Kabaddi players to improve their game. The defence-duo awarded the winning teams with trophies and medals, encouraging and acknowledging the efforts these upcoming stars of Kabaddi had showcased. This initiative was much appreciated by the participating teams and their coaches.
Kailash Kandpal, CEO, Insurekot Sports Pvt Ltd and Manager of Puneri Paltan said “We at Puneri Paltan want to promote Kabaddi from the grassroot level and Inter-college tournament is the best way to hunt for future talent. This young generation has tremendous potential, and given the right platform they shall get many laurels for the country. We have witnessed some amazing performances at the tournament, and we are confident that the youngsters will take Kabaddi to great heights. We want to keep this tradition going and aim to organise such tournaments every year.”
Speaking on the occasion, Girish Ernak said, “It was an absolute pleasure to see the young kids playing Kabaddi, it reminded me of my younger days. Although the techniques and skills these players have showcased is much advanced than how we used to play. With the young generation taking up Kabaddi so seriously, I can see a bright future for the sport.”
This mega-event saw participation from young & passionate Kabaddi players. The Liberty Square Garden, where the matches were conducted also has a Puneri Paltan Fan Zone especially constructed for the fans before the home leg. Phoenix Market City Pune, also has a 24x7 ticket kiosk on the 1st floor from where the tickets for Puneri Paltan’s home leg matches and exclusive Puneri Paltan merchandise can be bought. The home leg matches of Puneri Paltan are scheduled in Pune from 13th October till 20th October, 2017 in Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Balewadi, Pune.