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Kabaddi champion gets a rousing reception

G. Venugopal

She is the vice-captain of the victorious Indian team

— Photo:G. Moorthy

S. Kavitha.

MADURAI: Playing for the country is an achievement for any player. Bringing laurels by winning the event is a greater achievement. Usilampatti-born S. Kavitha is one of the players to attain that glory. She was the vice-captain of the Indian team, which triumphed in the second Asian Women Kabaddi Championship at Teheran in Iran from October 16 to 21.

Kavitha, who is a police constable in Chennai, after India’s victory in the six-nation championship, came to Madurai straight from Teheran on Monday. “I was born at Usilampatti and was selected to lead Tamil Nadu team at the National Championship in Chittoor in 2006,” she said.

“Our team played five matches in a round robin league and we won all of them easily. There was no opposition at all from any of the teams, excepting Iran, which we won at 36-8 ,” said Kavitha.

She was accorded a rousing reception at the Madurai railway station by top officials of the city, including Collector S.S. Jawahar, Commissioner of Police, K. Nandabalan, Mayor Thenmozhi and members of Tamil Nadu State Amateur Kabaddi Association and the Madurai District Amateur Kabaddi Association officials. She was felicitated by E.M.G. Yadava Women’s College, where she inaugurated a newly-laid kabaddi court on Tuesday.

Kavitha comes from a poor family. She is the youngest among four sisters. She studied at I.H.M. School, Chennai, and started playing kabaddi at the age of 13. She became a good player in school and then at Quaid-e-Milleth College, where she got her B.A. (Economics), and became a matured player, before joining the Tamil Nadu police, as a constable, in February 2005.

She thanked the Police Department and the Kabaddi Association, who gave good encouragement to her for rising to this level. “To lead the country in Asian and international championships and to get the Arjuna Award is my ambition,” said Kavitha.

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