India captain confident of winning inaugural Kabaddi WC

Last Updated: Friday, April 2, 2010 - 21:47

Ludhiana: India captain Mangat Singh today
oozed confidence of winning the inaugural Rs 2.16 crore World
Cup Kabaddi Punjab 2010 starting here tomorrow, saying perfect
preparation and home advantage make the hosts a formidable
side.

Teams from Australia, Pakistan, USA, Italy, Iran,
Pakistan, Canada, United Kingdom and Spain have already
arrived here for the tournament but Mangat said India stood
good chances of winning the title.

"Besides home advantage, our players have been attending
the coaching camp here to prepare for the big event. Our
raiders and catchers are in top condition and robust. With the
support of the local crowd, our players will be more inspired
to give their best. We have the right combination to demolish
any opposition," said India captain.

Pakistan team official Mohd Hussain said his wards would
be no push-overs either.

"Our boys attended an intensive coaching camp in Lahore
for the last two months before coming to India to participate
in the World Cup," he said.

"The boys are experienced and will try to win the trophy
as well as the hearts of the spectators," he added.

"We have come here to win but other teams are equally
talented, specially from United Kingdom and Canada," he said,
predicting an Indo-Pak title clash.

The Pakistan team crossed over to India via Wagha Border.
They were accorded a warm welcome by the members of the
reception committee.

Spain`s coach-cum-manager Malkit Singh said the
Spaniards were eager to strut their stuff here.

"Our members were looking forward to visit India and play
here as the tournament offers an excellent platform to the
players to display their catching and raiding techniques," he
said.

Regarding Spain`s chances, he said, "Our players are in
top form. They play kabaddi regularly back home and in
European countries. Our players are international players and
have good experience."

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 2, 2010 - 21:47
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