The Kabaddi team from Japan that is in the city was invited at the Navi Mumbai Police Commissionerate to play a friendly match. Both the men and women’s team match thrilled the audience, reports Monika Bhosale. Kabaddi has never been on a high as much in Navi Mumbai. With a team from Japan arriving in the city to play the game with various teams, the traditional sport is getting limelight like never before. The Kabaddi team from Japan is in India, to play; study and research on the game so that they can go back to their country and introduce the game in a big way. Though physically fitter than Indian players, the Japanese team however lacks complete technical knowledge and know- how of the sport. That’s why the Kabaddi Team of Japan is playing matches in Navi Mumbai with the best teams of this sport including the men and women’s team of the Navi Mumbai Police. The team from Japan is video recording their matches in India and will play the same on a sports forum back in Tokyo on their return. Besides learning the game, the matches are also help cultural exchange between the Indians and Japanese. When the Commissioner of Police Gulabrao Pol learnt about the Japanese team, he voluntarily invited the players to play a friendly match with his teams, which would inject enthusiasm in the police players as well. Speaking to media, Navi Mumbai Commissioner of Police Gulabrao Pol said that they want to build relations with Japanese team and encourage the traditional sport of India, that’s why they have organized the matches. Despite communication problems, a women’s team player shared a few words with NMTV News. Being a sportsman who has received awards in Kabaddi, Gulabrao Pol’s initiative proved to be a huge success as the women’s and men’s team of both sides played thrilling matches. Since the match was an international one, kabaddi players and experts were also present and the on lookers cheered the players. The police team also saw city journalist Manoj Jalnawalla playing the sport. At the end of the day the city witnessed one of the finest friendly sports initiatives under the dynamic leadership of the Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
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