Monday, 14 November 2016 17:48

Sierra Leone Female Kabbadi Team, Goes out in Style

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The Sierra Leone Female National Kabbadi Team (Circle Style) defeated Tanzania by 50 pts to 25 in the 6th Kabbadi World cup in India. 

 This was the ladies' team's first participation in the World cup have bowed out of the competition with a resounding victory against Tanzania to the applause of many pundits.

The Ladies narrowly lost their first game to the USA, a perennial participator. This was followed up by a defeat to two-time defending champion New Zealand where the Ladies put up a spirited performance and won the hearts of many neutrals.

Coach Samuel Kamara sounded optimistic about their future and was proud of their performance. "This is a physical sport, very physical sport. The girls came up against experienced teams like the USA and New Zealand and played really well and gave their best"

"They traveled here to India without a single cent of support for the Ministry of Sports or our government and yet they battled their hearts out, with local Indian crowds commending and applauding their performance.", he continued.

The desk officer for Kabaddi, from the Sports Council, is reported to have traveled with the team to India and is to come back with his findings.

The Men's team are also out of their competition after losing to Canada today by 48-35 bringing their record to three losses and two wins. The men also won pundits by earlier in the tournament, convincingly beating the much heralded Sri Lankan team followed by a victory against Sweden.

With both teams out of the competition their journey is not over as their performances have generated much interest and there have been invitations for exhibition matches around India. Coach Kamara says they will honour a few invitations before making their way back to Sierra Leone.

About Kabbadi: Two teams are on opposite halves of a small field. They take turns sending a "raider" into the other half. This is to win points by tackling members of the opposing team. Then the raider tries to return to his own half. He holds his breath and chants the word "Kabaddi" during the whole raid. The raider must not cross the lobby unless he touches any of his opponents. If he does not touch anyone then he will be "out". There is also a bonus line. If the raider touches it and returns to his side of the field, he will get extra points.

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