There remain few sports, which are considered the domain of men only. In Pakistan, Kabaddi is one such sport. It is a spectacular sport. Players must possess speed, agility and strength. Not only is Kabaddi a full contact sport, but it is also a game of strategy. The skill and training for the sport are intense and perhaps this is the reason that Kabaddi has long been thought of as a men’s sport. But the Girls in Green, haven’t let that stop them. Women’s Kabaddi is taking off in Pakistan. They’re kicking down doors and breaking stereotypes One Raid at a Time.
Women in sports are breaking barriers and stereotypes left, right and centre. They are not interested in shouldn’ts and couldn’ts, they do what they need to do excel in their careers as sportswomen. These women serve as an inspiration to all men and women. They are kicking down doors and changing mindsets.
Kabaddi is still a sport that is moving up in the world, with more than 40 countries that boast of a national team. There are several countries that have a women’s Kabaddi team as well. In addition to Pakistan, these are Bangladesh, Canada, England, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Turkmenistan and the United States.
Women’s Kabaddi in Pakistan
Kabaddi is a high intensity contact sport that requires electrifying energy. Young Pakistani women have now taken it by storm as well. The Women’s Kabaddi Team was formed in 2015. They won Bronze only a few months after their formation at the Asian Championship. Not only did they win accolades, applause, they even won hearts.
Unfortunately, the women’s Kabaddi Team didn’t get many opportunities to play in Pakistan. Several Women’s Kabaddi events served as important milestones for Pakistan’s team.
Super Kabaddi League
Super Kabaddi League (SKL) is Pakistan’s first ever Kabaddi League. Ten teams participated in the League. The League established a number of “firsts”. This was the first time that the female Kabaddi players got to play in front of a Pakistani audience. And this exhibition match was also broadcast on National Television. Khazeema Saeed, the captain of the National Women’s Kabaddi team, said that this would be the first time they would play in front of a Pakistani audience. She said that the thought was both exciting and terrifying at the same time.
Strawberry Sports Management was the brains behind this event. The organization is known to have supported women in sports in Pakistan prior to this match as well. The Women’s Kabaddi Exhibition match was played between two teams – Strawberry Dreams and Strawberry Ambitions. The throngs of crowd who showed up for this ground-breaking match were equally enthralled. Strawberry Dreams won the match. This match generated media interest not only from Pakistani media houses, but also from international media outlets. They hailed it is a groundbreaking effort for women in sports, particularly in Pakistan.
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