In a big blow to women’s sports in the country, International Kabaddi Federation has denied permitting the Women’s Kabaddi League. In a recent interview with IKF, the chief secretary cleared the air over it and informed that IKF has not given any approval for the Women’s Kabaddi League.
Satthasivam Munisamy, secretary general of the IKF, acknowledged to IANS over the phone that no such permit has been granted to Mashal Sports or Star Sports for a Women’s Kabaddi League, adding that the board makes such decisions.
Earlier this month, the Pro Kabaddi League organizers, Mashal Sports, revealed plans to create a women’s kabaddi league in partnership with the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India and the IKF.
CEO of Mashal Sports said, “Our plans for a professional women’s kabaddi league are based on the success we have seen in the men’s league and our commitment to grow kabaddi as a modern world-class sport from India. We will be working with our various stakeholders, including the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) and the IKF to launch the women’s league.”
“I will discuss this with the president”, says the IKF secretary.
In an exclusive interview with IANS General secretary of IKF said, “Not yet, we haven’t permitted to anyone. Maybe we can let you know later but not now. I will discuss this with our president and the board then only we can announce it. So far, we have not permitted anyone to conduct the Women’s League or a World cup.”
Meanwhile, Pro Kabaddi League team owners are already showing interest in the Women’s League. U MUMBA owner Ronnie Screwvala expressed his interest in owning a team in the proposed league. While announcing their new CEO Mumba’s owner said, “We are delighted to welcome him to the family, joining as the chief executive. From being a professional sportsman and a respected figure in the sporting landscape to his extensive knowledge of the ecosystem of kabaddi and other sports in the country, He will be a valuable asset to the company.”