Interview | ‘Audience sees us only during PKL, would like to stream more Kabaddi online’: Puneri Paltan’s new recruit Mohit Goyat

Written by Piyush Singh Thapa

After a stellar performance in the K7 Kabaddi competition earlier this year, 21-year-old Mohit Goyat is now ready to impress again after taking center stage in the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL). Goyat, a resident of Bhiwani district of Haryana, was bought by Puneri Paltan in the auction for Rs 8 lakh.

The young raider, who idolized one of the finest Kabaddi players of the country, Naveen Kumar Goyat, started his journey at the age of 11 and is now seen competing against his idol in the upcoming PKL season starting from 22nd December. Will.

in this exclusive interview with zinenews.comAs he prepares for his first appearance in the country’s most popular kabaddi tournament, the youth discusses his introduction to the game and the goals he has set for himself.

Here are the excerpts:

Despite being more popular among the youth, choosing kabaddi over cricket. Have you ever reconsidered your decision?

“In my area, kabaddi is not more popular than cricket. It is a way of life for my community. So, choosing kabaddi was not something I even reconsidered.”

Kabaddi as a sport is still picking up with the buzz around the game still limited to PKL, what changes as a youth would you like to see so that the affiliations increase?

“National spectators can see us only during PKL, but we have been playing all year round, even during the lockdown there was one Junior National (AIMKC, Goregaon) and two K7 Kabaddi events, where I and I My friends were involved.”

“I want more kabaddi we already play on different platforms to come online so that all the audience can see us all the time. And it is always a great experience to perform for the audience, so I want to see the audience coming to the events. I am. K7 this year both Kabaddi and PKL are going to happen without spectators. I hope that changes soon.”

Can you tell us more about your journey, from being a rookie to now becoming a PKL player?

“My coaches have told me that I have the talent for timing, capable of doing the right thing without thinking. But I think it has come about because of all the hours of training I put in. Events in all age groups I have always aimed to give my best performance.”

“In K7 Kabaddi, I was the lead raider for my team in the qualifiers held in March 2021, but then I was playing the support raider in the early parts of the K7 Stage UP event held in July 2021. Ways to be useful on the mat. Now with coach Anup Kumar (former Indian kabaddi player), I look forward to becoming a more complete right raider. Eventually, I can learn from the best in the business.”

You were signed by the Pune franchise for Rs 7.98 lakh. Do you see the stakes going up after your first season?

“After my performance in K7 Kabaddi, I was confident that some team would master my skills. I am very happy to have been selected for PKL this year and look forward to playing in December, but it is definitely my The goal is to get better and better as an athlete, as an artist. And use my skills to help the teams I play for so that I can be successful.”

“Results and monetary growth are secondary. To be a better athlete is my main focus.”

After a lucrative performance in the K7 Qualifiers and the K7 Kabaddi Stage Up where he emerged as the top raider with 174 points, Goyat is now under the supervision of coach Anoop. Legendary players like 21-year-old Rahul Chaudhary and Nitin Tomar will join the Pune camp.

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