AFTER a two-week centralised training programme, the Kabaddi Association of Selangor (KAS) are geared to put up a strong show in the kabaddi event in the Sukma in Kuala Terengganu.
Kabaddi, a regular event in the Asian Games, is being introduced as a demonstration sport in the 12th edition of the Sukma.
The kabaddi event will be held in Kuala Terengganu from June 6 to 8.
Return with gold:Devamany (secondfrom left) handingthe Selangor flag toShanker RajAyanger (third fromright) in thepresence of KASpresident T. Mohan(left) and otherofficials.
KAS president T. Mohan said they had assembled a strong team of 10 players, picked after a series of selection trials and the Milo Selangor Inter-district kabaddi championships held in Kuala Kubu Baru recently.
“We have to thank the Selangor State Sports Council (MSNS) for endorsing KAS’ participation in the Sukma. The MSNS has also given us every support and assistance in the team’s preparations.
“We had an initial squad of 25 players in training. The final 10 players were picked based on their commitment, dedication and discipline,” Mohan said at the flag handing-over ceremony in Bukit Tinggi, Klang, recently
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department S.K. Devamany, who was the guest of honour, said kabaddi, being a Asian Games sport, should be promoted in schools.
“The KAS had taken the first step and launched it in the Selangor Schools Sports Council (MSSS) calendar. It would be encouraging if kabaddi was introduced in the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) calendar as well,” said Devamany.
Good luck: Devamany greeting the Selangor kabaddi players.
KAS vice-president Shanker Raj Ayangar has been named the team manager for Selangor while international A. Balakrishnan, who played for Malaysia in the Asian Games in Busan and the Asian Indoor Games in Macau, is the coach.
P. Sasitharan has been given the honour of captaining the Selangor kabaddi team.
Shanker, who is also the Klang District Kabaddi Association (KDKA) president, said they were grateful to the sponsors for coming forward to support the Selangor kabaddi team.
The sponsors are the Klang Municipal Council (MPK), who provided the venue for centralised training, Sports & Trend Enterprise, Sinaro Origgrace, Meru Metal, Yestech Motore, SEA Financial Planner, K.P. Samy Travel Agency and Dienes Asia.
“The KAS would like to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors,” said Shanker.
Though kabaddi is a demonstration sport, the KAS is keen to return with the gold medal.
Mohan said they had initiated several development programmes, including organising the Milo Selangor inter-district junior league last year.
“So there is no reason why we cannot win the gold medal in Kuala Terengganu. We hope the Kabaddi Association of Malaysia (KAM) will work towards making the sport a regular event in the Sukma,” added Mohan.
The KAS has also nominated six technical officials for the Sukma. They are R. Akilan, M. Ravichanter, V. Muralee, M. Suresh. S.S. Pandian and M. Maiyappan.
The six had served as technical officials in competitions organised by the KAS.
THE SELANGOR CONTINGENT
Players: P. Sasitharan, A. Sathis, K.Balachandran, Gabriel Johnson, P.Thanabalan, B. Muniswaran, P.Ravivarma, M. Sivasangkar, S.Kalaiselvan and S. Thiagu
Technical officials: R. Akilan, M.Ravichanter, V. Muralee, M. Suresh.S.S. Pandian and M. Maiyappan.
Coach: A. Balakrishnan
Team manager: Shanker RajAyanger