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“Reaching the National level needs years of dedication and hard work,” says Abhilasha Mhatre, a 28-year-old Mumbai based National Kabaddi player. Mhatre has been playing this sport since the age of 12.
“There are Kabaddi clubs in every Mumbai school. I also started playing in school and went on to play at district, state and national level. Jab India ki jersey milti hai to bas sari mehnat safal ho jati hai. To get that position, we have to fight for long,” says Mhatre.
She got the Arjuna Award in 2015 and has played nine nationals till now. Talking about her practice session, Mhatre says, “During the monsoons, we get a four-month break where we focus on body strengthening. Along with practice sessions, having a fit body is also important.”
Mhatre, who took a two-year break due to a knee injury, made a comeback to the national team and won the inaugural Kabaddi World Cup in 2012.
The 27-seven-year old NMMC sport officer, Abhilasha Mhatre won the Arjuna Award and has become the first female kabaddi player in the city to receive the highest sporting honour. She received a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a citation from President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan on National Sports Day, which was celebrated on Augus 28.
“My dream has come true after years of struggle, sacrifice and effort. It was a special day in my life, which will be remembered for decades. Receiving such a prestigious honour amongst handful of recipients has been a unique experience. It was quite an emotional moment,” said Mhatre.
She was among 16 other athletes, who were short listed for the award. “Spoiling precious time with electronic apparatus will take the young kids nowhere. Outdoor sports, however, will help them maintain fitness,” she added. Mhatre met the chief minister on Monday soon after her arrival from Delhi.
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