Group tries to promote kabaddi in Tamil schools in Malaysia

Group tries to promote kabaddi in Tamil schools in Malaysia
Indian devotees play a game of kabaddi as they warm up before take a holy dip.

Persatuan Kabaddi Johor, which has been trying to promote kabaddi in Tamil schools, is facing an uphill task, reported Makkal Osai.

The traditional Indian contact sport has been a part of Sukma and SEA Games for many years.

Through the efforts of the kabaddi association, around 500 students from 27 secondary schools in the state are receiving training in the sport, the report said.

However, not a single student from any of the Tamil schools has taken part, said association president M. Chandran.

This, he claimed, was mainly due to a lack of interest from the teachers. The association intends to enlist the help of Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan in promoting the sport in Johor Tamil schools.

The state's kabaddi proponents have been successful in international tournaments in China, Pakistan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and India, among others.

As part of its effort, the association has organised a kabaddi training camp for about 180 students.

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