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Pune franchise all set to battle it out in Pro Kabaddi League 2014

MUMBAI: Mumbai-based firm Insurekot Sports today announced the launch of Puneri Paltan, the franchise that will represent Pune in the Pro Kabaddi League 2014. On the occasion, the Puneri Paltan team logo, anthem and jersey were also unveiled.

Puneri Paltan will be captained by Wazir Singh, who has a long and distinguished record in the sport of kabaddi. Wazir Singh has represented India, the state of Rajasthan and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). He was part of the team that won the silver medal for India at the 2011 South Asian Beach Games. Ramphal Kaushik, winner of the Best Coach Award 2011 of CISF, is the official coach of Puneri Paltan.

Insurekot Sports director Sumanlal Shah said, “Kabaddi is an ancient Indian sport that has lost out to other sports in terms of popularity and investments over the years. The sport is an integral part of India’s rich cultural heritage. It is also a hugely competitive and dynamic sport that makes for compelling viewing. Insurekot Sports Pvt Ltd is extremely proud to promote kabaddi and be associated with Pro Kabaddi League. We are geared up with our team, Puneri Paltan, for an exciting season ahead.”

Insurekot Sports director Karthi Marshan said, “A truly Indian sport, kabaddi represents both ‘attack’ and ‘defence’. We have captured this essence in the Puneri Paltan logo, aptly represented by the ‘sword’ and ‘shield’ as well as in the lyrics of the team’s anthem. More importantly, we have used this theme as a guiding principle in putting together a fabulous team.”

The Puneri Paltan team includes Wazir Singh (captain), Arabinda Khuntia, Jitesh Joshi, K Balamahendran, Mahipal Narwal, Manoj Kumar, Mostafa Noudehi (Iran), Nitin More, Pravin Niwale, Simon Kubura (Kenya), Sunil Lande and Waleed Hasani (Oman).

Puneri Paltan’s captain Wazir Singh said, “It is my privilege and honour to lead this team. I would like to express my gratitude to Insurekot Sports Pvt Ltd for reposing faith in the team and in the sport, which is by and large recognised as a rural and semi-urban sport in India. I am sure this professional format of kabaddi will make it popular. I urge every individual from the city of Pune and across the country to extend their support to Puneri Paltan and the league. I am confident that our team will pose a strong challenge and we look forward to a hard-fought and successful tournament.”

The Pune franchise has also launched the team anthem sung by music director Ajay Gogavale. The anthem aims to capture the elements of power, tactics and strategy involved in this heritage sport, and is all set to rekindle the passion and spirit of fans and supporters across India.

Puneri Paltan is currently undergoing training sessions at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex located at Balewadi in Pune, and will be playing its first match in Mumbai on 27 July 2014.

The inaugural edition of Pro Kabaddi League kicks off on 26 July.