Kabaddi Legend Anup Kumar Announces Retirement

Ending a 15 year long career, Anup Kumar announced his retirement from kabaddi on Wednesday.

Published20 Dec 2018, 02:00 AM IST
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Anup Kumar, one of the most impactful kabaddi players the country has seen, on Wednesday announced his retirement with immediate effect, drawing curtains to an illustrious 15-year career.

A veteran in the sport, Arjuna awardee Anup began his international career in 2006 at the South Asian Games in Sri Lanka. He led India to a gold medal at the Asian Games and was also part of the team which repeated the feat in the 2014 edition.

File photo of Anup Kumar celebrating a PKL victory with his team
File photo of Anup Kumar celebrating a PKL victory with his team
(Photo: PTI)

The 35-year-old had also led India to memorable Kabaddi World Cup title triumph in 2016.

In season 2 of the Pro Kabaddi League, Anup captained U Mumba and led the team to victory.

"When I started playing kabaddi, it was a great hobby and 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," Anup said.

"I am one of the few lucky people who had the opportunity to accomplish the most important dream of my life. Today, with the Pro Kabaddi League, the magnitude of the sport has grown by leaps and bounds and I could not be happier than to watch and grow and be a part of this journey.

"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," he added.

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