Mumbai, Feb 26 (PTI) Ahead of Season 6 of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), the popular league?s organisers and the All India Kabaddi Federation have decided to conduct a pan-India talent hunt covering 18 cities to unearth new players ahead of the auctions.The joint initiative of PKL organisers, Mashal Sports, and AKF commenced here today. This would be followed by the scouting for talent in the cities of Chennai, Coimbatore, Nagpur, Thrissur, Chandigarh, Bengaluru, New Delhi, Lucknow, Vishakhapatnam, Patna, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Indore, Imphal, Jaipur, Bhubaneshwar and Ahmedabad, said a media release here.The cities have been chosen based on expert assessment of kabaddi talent spotted in local tournaments held there in the past, the release said.The phase one of the “Future Kabaddi Heroes” programme would be conducted over 2-3 days per city.Last year a similar programme received a response from over 4,600 participants and post a three-stage selection process, 133 players finally made it to the players? auction pool, the release stated.This year five new cities – Imphal, Thrissur, Bhubaneshwar, Ahmedabad and Patna ? have been included in consultation with the AKFI and state kabaddi associations, the release added.Former India skipper Anup Kumar welcomed the initiative, wishing such a programme had existed during his younger days.”I personally see the Future Kabaddi Heroes programme as an ideal platform that will take young aspirants much closer to their dream of playing professional kabaddi.”It is an ideal opportunity for deserving candidates, who lack access and the support system, to demonstrate their potential and eventually have the chance to be recognised in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League,” Kumar said. PTI SSR RSYadvertisement
At least 10 soldiers were killed and four others were still missing after two avalanches hit an army post and a patrol in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district, officials said on Thursday.According to police officials in Bandipora, seven soldiers were rescued from the debris of the avalanches in the Gurez sector of the Line of Control (LoC), bodies of 10 soldiers were found while four others were still missing.”Rescue operation is on to trace the missing soldiers,” a police officer said.Earlier, the army in a statement said it lost six soldiers in the two avalanches in Gurez that occurred on Wednesday and Thursday.”Rescue operations were immediately launched in extreme bad weather amid heavy snowfall,” the statement added.A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and six soldiers were rescued after avalanches hit their post on Wednesday, while bodies of three soldiers were retrieved on Thursday morning, it said.An army officer was killed and four soldiers were injured on Wednesday in that avalanche which hit the army post in Sonamarg in Ganderbal district.