WSN: Sulakhan which part of England fare you from?
Sulakhan Singh: Slough, in London.
WSN: Is this sport popular in that part of London?
SS: Yes, in the Asian community.
WSN: How did you come into playing Kabaddi?
SS: My dad used 10 take me to the matches 1 became interested in the game, and starred playing.
WSN: Besides Kabaddi do you play any other sport?
SS: play football (soccer) for a local team.
WSN: What do you do for an occupation? Are you student?
SS: I work in my family’s business. It’s an offlicence.
WSN: Do you think players from Punjab are better than you?
SS: I do not think so, it’s just that they train more and play more matches, we do not have that many matches, plus we got 10 works for a living.
WSN: Are you optimistic that the July tournament in England will be a success.
SS: As far as organization is concerned I do not predict anything. The Asians are not known to be good organizers, they never value time, test the patience of players.
WSN: You mean Asians are not good organizers?
WSN: What part of organization, do you think will not be up to mark?
SS: Officials there is far too much politics they get together only to make a name for themselves so the more one tries to take the game to public and top level; others bring it down.
WSN: Does this schedule of Kabaddi interfere in your social life?
SS: It sure does, I got married only three weeks ago and my wife is missing me and phones me every day.
WSN: Is our Punjabi diet good for a Kabaddi player?
SS: It’s not that good eat meat, fish I don’t like eating just rotis and vegetables.
WSN: Has anything struck you during your visit here?
SS: I have enjoyed myself. The matches were great, the climate was fantastic.
WSN: Any word for Kabbadi fans?
SS: Anybody can play this game, provided they practice and train hard. I wish there were more Asians playing the game.
Article extracted from this publication >> March 31, 1989