Mumbai, Dec 21:Commencement of season 8 of the Pro Kabaddi League was announced on Tuesday in the presence of all 12 captains. Season 8 of the Pro Kabaddi League is all set to bring back high-octane kabaddi action on the mat in Bengaluru from December 22 onwards.
As a special format for PKL Season 8, organisers have scheduled ‘Triple Headers’ on the first 4 days to ensure that kabaddi fans across the country get to watch each of their favourite teams play in the very initial days of the League.
The 12 captains present were Maninder Singh from Bengal Warriors, JoginderNarwal from Dabang Delhi K.C, Sunil Kumar from Gujarat Giants, PawanSehrawat from Bengaluru Bulls, VikashKandola from Haryana Steelers, Deepak Hooda from Jaipur Pink Panthers, Prashant Kumar Rai for Patna Pirates, NitinTomar from PuneriPaltans, Surjeet Singh from Tamil Thalaivas, Rohit Kumar from Telugu Titans, Nitesh Kumar from UP Yoddha and FazelAtrachali from U Mumba.
AnupamGoswami, League Commissioner, PKL was also present during the event. The team captains then spoke to the media about the opening day, strategies, preparations, and the young players who will shine this season.
PKL will begin with U Mumba facing Bengaluru Bulls in the tournament opener.
The League’s ‘Southern Derby’ will then take center-stage as Telugu Titans lock horns with Tamil Thalaivas in the second match and UP Yoddha squaring off with the defending champions Bengal Warriors in the last match of the opening day. Bengal Warriors captain, Maninder Singh said,
“Kabaddi is an extremely tough sport that requires quick strategic thinking and presence of mind. The team has been working hard on building their fitness and working on key techniques.
Stepping into Season 8 as defending champions is extremely motivating. The team is prepped and ready to put up a competitive game against every opponent.” Dabang Delhi K.C. captain JoginderNarwal said, “As we step into the new season of VIVO Pro Kabaddi League, we are looking forward to competitive matches as every team has put in maximum efforts possible to improve their game.
With passion and new goals, we, as a team are excited for the new season and aim to take home the prestigious trophy for the first time.” Gujarat Giants captain, Sunil Kumar said – “VIVO Pro Kabaddi League has really helped us grow as players and improve our playing skills.
The team has bonded well and as a unit we have built a strategy for this season in order to ensure that we perform to the best of our ability. I am looking forward to a successful Season 8 and make our fans proud.” Bengaluru Bulls captain, PawanSehrawat said –
“We are taking all the situations into account and planning to get the best results throughout the season. Randhir sir keeps us on our toes and have been training us mentally and physically to prepare us in the best way possible to be successful this time out.”
Haryana Steelers captain VikashKandola said- “Our coach and staff are working very hard to build this season on the squad we have.
They have been paying close attention to our fitness regimes, and our training sessions have been very good. Our squad has a good mix of youngsters and experienced players.