Glamour in sports should be limited: Narsingh Yadav
Narsingh Yadav said glamour is needed to popularise a sport, but it should not go overboard to disturb the game.
Bengaluru: Emerging Indian wrestling star Narsingh Yadav on Sunday said glamour is needed to popularise a sport, but it should not go overboard to disturb the game.
"A bit of glamour is necessary, but should be limited, should not go overboard which will disturb the game," Yadav told PTI in an exclusive interview here.
With celebrities and actors owning teams in various sports including cricket, hockey, football and kabaddi, and also cheer girls used to attract fans, Yadav believes stars do add value to build a fan base.
"A bit of glamour is necessary because people do not accept clean and pure stuff. Moreover, the present generation of young people like to watch celebrities and actors associated with a product or a cause," he said.
Like Abhishek Bachchan and many other actors, Dharmendra co-owns Punjab franchise of Pro Wrestling League. Actress Sonakshi Sinha also is expected to be a part of the Uttar Pradesh franchise. Several other Bollywood personalities are tipped to be a part of the franchise and team mascot.
Though Yadav opines that cheer girls should be kept away from a sport like wrestling.
"There is a no need for cheer girls to attract fans coming to the venue to watch wrestling. Wrestling in itself has the potential to attract and create excitement among fans," he said.
Sushil Kumar donated all of his auction amount to charity and Yadav is keen to follow the example, but right now he is focussed on Rio Olympics and needs enough money to train for the mega event.
"It was his (Sushil Kumar) gesture which is good, but for me, right now I am focused on Rio Olympics, and I need money to to prepare for the mega event," he said.
"In coming days, if I have enough money I will do it. Anyway I am already doing a bit in this regard in my small capacity," he added.
Yadav also opines that Yogeshwar Dutt and Sushil have contributed immensely to the popularity of wrestling after their medal-winning performances in Olympic and other international events.
"Yogeshwar Dutt and Sushil Kumar are very good human beings and professional wrestlers. They have immensely contributed in increasing the popularity of the sport. Their achievements have given a new lease of life to Indian wrestling," he said.
Talking about PWL, Yadav said the league would provide a good platform to get match practise ahead of international events, along with getting cash benefits and a chance to play against foreign players.
"Live telecast of league matches will hopefully build craze among people to the sport, like live coverage of cricket matches did to people in the country," Yadav said.
On the importance of getting a good purse while participating in the Pro Wrestling League, Yadav said money is always a good incentive for a player, who requires a lot finances to prepare for international events.
"Money is very important for any wrestler because the government cannot give everything the players wish. Money is required for players, especially for their preparation. Money is required for taking right diet, hiring coach and physio, who would attend to the injuries. Earning good money is good for the sport, the player and the country to which the players bring laurels," he said.