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Md. Sabuj Mia: We will look to go one step ahead of our Asian Games performance

05 October 2016

A country that cherishes kabaddi to the core, Bangladesh has been wondrously consistent with its international campaigns, recently winning bronze at the Asian Games. One of 12 nations participating in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in Ahmedabad, the Bangla side is looking optimistic of their chances in the tournament. Ahead of their opening game against England on October 8, we met with Md. Sabuj Mia, the young Bangladeshi defender for a chat. Excerpts:  

Q: How has your experience been so far in India? 

A: This is my second time in India. The weather conditions and Indian cuisine are somewhat similar to Bangladeshi culture, so it suits us.

Q: Talk us through your team’s preparation for the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup? 

A: The coach has made the team train really hard. The players are fully prepared with some of them being young debutants. We are ready to begin our campaign. 

Q: What are the strengths of the Bangladesh team coming into this major tournament? 

A: We have a solid defence and will look to improvise on our attack as the tournament progresses. 

Q: Have you set any targets for the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup? 

A: We secured the bronze medal at the Asian Games, so it’s only natural we will look to better our performance and aim higher in this World Cup. It’s not going to be easy as we are pitted with some tough opponents in our group. 

Q: What position do you usually play in and do you have a signature kabaddi move? 

A: I’m an all-rounder, but I prefer defending more than anything else. The ankle hold is my favourite move.

Q: Who’s your favourite teammate? 

A: Md. Zakir Hossain. He’s like a brother to me as we have been playing for the national team for a while now.  

Q: What are your plans after the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup concludes? 

A: No plans as such. I will be going home to rest and spend some quality time with my family.