Kabaddi star thrilled to be playing for England
PUBLISHED: 13:55 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:00 23 August 2010
21-YEAR-OLD Kabaddi player has been selected to play for England at an international tournament in Canada. Amandeep Singh Johal, of Rochester Road, Gravesend, will compete for England at the 2008 World Kabaddi tournament in Canada on Saturday. Kabaddi,
21-YEAR-OLD Kabaddi player has been selected to play for England at an international tournament in Canada.
Amandeep Singh Johal, of Rochester Road, Gravesend, will compete for England at the 2008 World Kabaddi tournament in Canada on Saturday.
Kabaddi, a team sport originally from the Indian subcontinent, has become popular throughout the world, including places like Australia, Canada and across Europe.
The former St Johns school pupil said: "I first started playing the sport professionally two years ago and last year I played for Birmingham.
"This season I started playing for the Gravesend Kabaddi team, we did well and reached the finals of four tournaments out of 12, playing against 16 teams from all over the country.
"It is a sport I love playing and have grown up watching, seeing my dad, granddad and uncle playing it inspired me to take it up, it has been like a family tradition.
Kabaddi involves two teams of seven players, with four stoppers and three raiders, with each team taking it turns to send a raider into the opponents half.
The goal is to tag one of the stoppers of the opposite team before returning to the home-half. The raider then has 30 seconds to tag one of the stoppers and come back home. The goal of the stopper is to stop the raider returning to the home side within 30 seconds.
Mr Johal, who currently plays the game full-time, will be taking part in tournaments in Belgium and Holland and Italy over the next month
He added: "It was about three weeks ago now that I was told I was selected to play for England. Playing in Canada will be a great experience and I am really looking forward to it.
Last month more than 2,000 people watched the annual Guru Nanak Sport Festival staged at Trinity Road, Gravesend.
Teams from Wolverhampton, Telford, Barking, Southall Slough and Coventry took part, with Gravesend reaching the quarter finals.