Kabaddi legend and former Indian captain Anup Kumar has announced his retirement from the sport, with immediate effect, putting an end to an illustrious career spanning 15 years.
Announcing his retirement, Anup Kumar said, “When I started playing kabaddi, I was invested in the sport because I liked it and it was a great hobby, over the years a hobby became the most important part of my life. The day I took to playing kabaddi professionally, I had one dream, to represent my country and bring back a gold medal, I am one of the few lucky people who had the opportunity to accomplish the most important dream of my life.”
— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) December 20, 2018
“Today, with the Pro Kabaddi League, the magnitude of the sport has grown leaps and bounds and I could not be happier than to watch and grow and be a part of this journey. This platform is an extremely important aspect of my life and that is why today I use the platform to make this announcement. Coincidentally, today is also the 10th birthday of my son, and that makes this date even more memorable. Going forward, if there is anything I am confident about, it is knowing that I will always want to be connected to the sport,” the 35-year-old added.
How it all started?
Born in Palra, a village in Gurgaon, Haryana to parents Ransingh Yadav and Ballo Devi, Anup Kumar started playing Kabaddi as a hobby during his schooldays.
He represented India for the first time at the 2006 South Asian Games in Sri Lanka.
Anup Kumar Achievements
- The raider was a part of the Indian National team that won gold medals in 2010 and 2014 in Guangzhou, China and Incheon, South Korea respectively. He was the captain of the team in 2014.
- In 2016, the ‘Captain Cool’ led the Indian team to a World Cup glory at the Kabaddi World Cup in Ahmedabad.
- In the season 2 of the Pro Kabaddi league, he captained U Mumba and led them to victory.
- For his outstanding contribution to Kabaddi in India, he was conferred the Arjuna Award in 2012.
Reactions to his retirement
— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) December 19, 2018
Pro Kabaddi League Commissioner Anupam Goswami, said, “This is a great decision by a great player from a great stage of kabaddi. Anup has been a senior player and a role model athlete for this sport. We totally respect his decision.”
U Mumba owner – Ronnie Screwvala said, “When I heard of Anup Kumar’s retirement, I have to say it didn’t surprise me because he is one of the smartest and intelligent players in Kabaddi. He gets his sense of timing on the field and I think he gets his timing when he is looking at his own career off the field as well.”
A man who left an unmatchable, everlasting legacy on the mat bids the game goodbye today.
— Jaipur Pink Panthers (@JaipurPanthers) December 19, 2018
We at Kreedon thank the G.O.A.T of Kabaddi, Anup Kumar for the entertainment that he has provided over the years and wish him a happy retirement.
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