Puneri Paltan has appointed Anup Kumar as their next head coach ahead of the player auctions of the upcoming seventh season of the Pro Kabaddi League. Anup, after playing for the first six seasons of the league, retired from competitive kabaddi after Jaipur Pink Panther’s poor last season.
The Puneri Paltan side will now have the services of one of the legends of modern day kabaddi as they have appointed Anup Kumar as the next coach before the start of the fresh auctions for the seventh edition. The Pune-based franchise had experienced Ashan Kumar Sangwan at the helm last season after their previous coach BC Ramesh had moved to Bengaluru Bulls.
After retiring from PKL last season, this will be the former India captain’s first stint as a coach for a particular team.
“Kabaddi is my first love and I have given everything for the sport. As a coach, this will be my first stint and I will concentrate on improving our team’s skills, fitness, and presence of mind on the mat. I am looking forward to working with Puneri Paltan, as a coach, in Vivo PKL Season 7,” Anup said, reported Indian Express.
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The Arjuna Awardee had clinched a gold medal on his international debut at South Asian Games in 2006. India won two gold medals in 2010 and 2014 Asian Games under the 35-year-old kabaddi player’s leadership. He also led the Indian side to a World Cup title in 2016 in Ahmedabad.
“Anup is vastly experienced in the PKL format and known for his cool and calm composure. We are banking on his expertise to implement new tactics this season for our team,” Pune CEO Kailash Kandpal said.