Pune: Showcasing passion and intensity for the sport, KBD Juniors Season 3 city finals in Pune saw the toughest team – Pawar Public School emerge victorious 29 – 18 against Shri Shivaji Military School. Pawar Public School becomes the first team to win the city championship consecutively for the second year this season maintaining their dominance at Pune. Manav Undre was the Top Raider with 19 Raid pointsand Sushant Jadhav was the Top Defenderwith 4 tacklepoints.
KBD Juniors is an initiative started by Star Sports – India’s leading sports broadcaster to encourage the youth and the next generation to continue playing outdoors and enjoy the sport that has its roots in India. KBD Juniors aims to encourage the sport among the younger generation to build the future stars of Kabaddi and give them a platform to showcase their Kabaddi skills on the mat just like their heroes. It is an opportunity for the young guns to experience the feel of the sport and is a moment of great joy and pride to see themselves on television playing the sport they love.
The young guns of Kabaddi entertained the crowd with their impressive skills and fighting spirit. In a brilliantly orchestrated game, the students fromPawar Public School demonstrated skill and strength on the mat showcasing the toughness of the sport which led them to a 11 –point victory. Prior to the city finals, the two semi-final matches witnessed Pawar Public Schoolprove their mettle against Abhinava Vidyalaya and Shri Shivaji Military School winning against MES Boys School.
Raider of Puneri Paltan, Manjeet said, “It was a good experience to see the KBD Juniors match with the kids. They were playing well and a few of them looked like the star raiders of our league. These kids are the future of Pro Kabaddi League as they get a great platform through KBD Juniors. It is a one of a kind initiative by Star Sports as they have brought Kabaddi to this level and I am happy to see kids getting a platform like this to showcase their talent and build their love for the sport. This will only help to popularize the game and will take the game of Kabaddi forward”.
Winning coach, Abhay Mahadev Jagtap of Pawar Public School said,“I am very happy with the result as we have won two times in a row now. The opponent team was also very deserving, and our strategy was to keep their key player away from the mat as much as possible in which we succeeded. My main raider and defenders performed well simultaneously and as a result we were able to win KBD Juniors this year as well in Pune”.
The schools in fray for the coveted title of Pune city champions included Abhinava Vidyalaya, DSK School, Aaryans World School, MES Boys School, New Pune Public School and Sheth R N Shah School
Disclaimer: KBD Juniors is designed as an invitation only tournament to ensure maximum participation from schools across the country and does NOT include any participation/registration fee whatsoever. The selection process and city qualifiers across schools is complete and the tournament is underway in the city finals stage. The city finals run parallel to VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 7 matches.
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