'Sporty' Abhishek Bachchan aims to start Pro Kabaddi League for women

Jan 22, 2016, 07:46 IST | PTI

New Delhi: Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan's interest in sport has grown in the past few years and that is visible with his purchase of two teams, Chennaiyin FC in Hero Indian Super League and Jaipur Pink Panther in Star Sport's Pro Kabaddi League.

Abhishek Bachchan
Abhishek Bachchan

However, it looks like his appetite for sports is not getting fulfilled as the actor has an ambition to start Pro Kabaddi League for women.

"It would be pre-mature to say it here but I have been bothering Janardan Singh Gehlot, the President of International Kabaddi Federation to start a Pro Kabaddi League for women. So, for me that would be the next thing to look into. Also, I feel our women's Kabaddi team is as good as the men's team," he said.

He said that for him, Kabaddi as well as Football are serious business and something that he has really worked hard for.

He added the minute everyone starts taking sports seriously, the country would become a dominating player in sports.

'Wants to change attitude towards sports'
Abhishek, who is quite passionate about sports, while addressing the media at a press conference said that he would like to change India's attitude towards sports.

"I am passionate about sports. I would love to be an agent who can change India's towards sports. I really feel that we need to take sports a lot more seriously," said Abhishek.

To help improve the quality of sportsmen, Abhishek feels that Indians need to look upon sports as a viable career option for children.

Junior Bachchan also talked about sports becoming a business. He owns a franchise in the Star Sports Pro Kabbadi League as well as the Hero Indian Super League and is working to improve the standards of both games in the country.

He added, "For me, sports are a very serious business, I have invested a lot of hard earned money in Kabbadi as well as in Football. So I take it very seriously and I would love for everybody and the Nation to take it seriously. I think if that happens then our country would be leading player in the field of sports."

Riding on the massive success of its two seasons so far, Star Sports Pro Kabaddi is all set to storm stadiums and television screens across India with its Season 3 beginning January 30, 2016.

The season will begin with a match in Vishakhapatnam and the playoffs will take place at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on the March 4 and 5, 2016 with the largest indoor setup in the history of the league.

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