Joint training camp of Pakistan, Iran kabaddi teams for SAG begins


ISLAMABAD: Determined to wrest South Asian Games (SAG) title from arch-rivals India, Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (PKF) has organized a joint training camp for its players with Iran to give them an extra edge.

“A 17-member Iranian squad, including four officials have arrived here on Sunday and today they have started training along with Pakistan players at Hamidi Hall of Pakistan Sports Complex,”

Secretary PKF Mohammad Sarwar Rana said while addressing a joint press conference along with President of Iran Kabaddi Federation Mohammad Reza Maghsood Lou here at a local hotel.

“We have changed our training style and are introducing innovation in training,” Sarwar said while spelling out how much effort was being made to finish at the top in the event.

He said besides joint sessions the two teams would play friendly matches against each with an aim to break up the monotony of the camp.

He said that the federation wanted to provide a challenging atmosphere to country’s players ahead of the SAG.

“The camp to be concluded on January 31 will help us gauge the strengths and weaknesses
of our players.

I’m sure it will bring out the best in our players and help build their confidence,” he added.

Pakistan women, who will also feature in the SAG have already attended joint practices with Iranian women. “We have sent our 25 women players for a two-week training-cum-friendly match training session in
Iran. They returned last week,” Sarwar said.

It is to be mentioned here that Pakistan women kabaddi team featured in two recent World Cups hosted by India but that was circle style kabaddi. This will be the first time ever that Pakistan women, will be featuring in a kabaddi competition of the Asian style under the PKF.

“We have come here to improve our players’ game. I’m sure players of the two countries are going to learn a lot from this training session,” Maghsood said.

He said that the cooperation in kabaddi and other sports would further bolster ties between the two brotherly Muslim countries.