Thu, 24 Nov 2011 12:00:16 GMT
Stars turn up for kabaddi game

Celebs at National Kabaddi Championship

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The spectators were seated. Not even a single row was vacant. The flood lights were on and the ground was set. The cheering had begun. Hold on! If you think all this was for a cricket match, then you are mistaken. The electrifying atmosphere was for the inaugural ceremony of the fourth departmental national kabaddi championship at Shivaji Park on Wednesday.

A celebrity kabaddi match was the highlight of the evening. While one team (white) was lead by actor Suniel Shetty, Dhanraj Pillay captained the other (red).

It was the red team (consisting of sportspersons) that won the game easily. Johnny Lever, part of the white team, was there more to entertain than play. Robin Uthappa and Gagan Narang played well but were cautious enough to avoid any serious injury.

The actors made it obvious that they were there to support the game. Director and actor Mahesh Manjrekar said he wanted people to play kabaddi as it is highly popular in Maharashtra. "It is not an expensive game. All you require is a good mind and body," he said. "I had seen the kabaddi game between India and Pakistan in the Asian Games. It is as intense as Indo-Pak cricket matches. It is a very thrilling sport," said Narang. Pillay wished that kabaddi is included in 2016 Olympic Games.

With a Test match being played in the city, there were obvious questions about Sachin Tendulkar and his much-awaited 100th hundred. "Sachin is a legend. You can't ask god everything. And for me god is Sachin. He is here to enjoy his game and let him do that. I'll enjoy watching his batting even if he makes five runs," said Shetty. Twenty seven teams are participating in the championship that will end on November 27.

Click on, for exclusive snaps of celebrities at the National Kabaddi Championship.

Images: Varinder Chawla

Source: DNA Correspondent, DNA-Daily News & Analysis

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