Kabaddi coach Rambir Singh Khokar, who is one of the Dronacharya Award winners in the lifetime category, has stated that he was always very dedicated to coaching and never used to miss the practice sessions. He has also mentioned that despite the delay, he is happy to be rewarded.
Rambir Singh Khokar is a very respected name in the kabaddi circle not only in India but all around the globe. He has the reputation of guiding many top names in the sport and till the last season, he was with the PKL team Haryana Steelers. Now, after being nominated for the prestigious Dronacharya Award in the lifetime category, he has mentioned about his love for the sport and his coaching job.
“I was always very dedicated to my job as I loved it. I never used to miss practice sessions for any external reasons. I often stayed on the mat even after my duty was over. I never set a time frame to perform my duties. Although late, I feel I have received the reward of my hard work,” Khokhar told Scroll.in.
“Lot of young kids especially from poor background have the talent but don’t have resources to develop the talent. I tried to use my recommendations to get the talented ones among these kids to SAI. When you are at a residential academy, a kid is a lot more focused on his game as all his other needs are taken care of.”
E Prasad Rao, who is the current technical director of the International Kabaddi Federation, was the first kabaddi coach to win the Dronacharya Award in 2002 while Balwan Singh, who was coached by Khokar, received it in 2005. Both of them had coached the Indian national team in many global events like the Asian Games where the Indian teams dominated.
“I should have won it before, but things don’t always work out the way you want. I have no complaints. For many years after I started coaching, I didn’t even know what a Dronacharya award was. Even when I was the national coach, I had no idea what it meant,” the former Haryana coach explained.
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