August should have been a busy month for kabaddi. The season would have begun in July with the sport’s biggest contest, the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), featuring 12 teams. The players would have by now fine-tuned their skills during their pre-season camps that usually get underway in May, and the coaches would have chalked out winning routines and strategies to conquer the league.

As Manpreet Singh, coach of Gujarat FortuneGiants, says, “Ab tak saare zero bhi hero ban gaye hote (By this time, even the losers would have become top players).”

But things haven’t quite gone as per schedule. The last kabaddi tournament held in India was the senior nationals in March. With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc globally, the immediate future of the league looks bleak. Considering that kabaddi is a complete contact sport, it’s a no-brainer that it isn’t likely to be among the…

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