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Michal Spiczko: Our performance will be crucial for Polish kabaddi history

09 October 2016

Poland played their first match of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup on October 8. And even though they ended up on the losing side with a score of 48-54, the performance against Kenya proved just how determined they are. The group stage is a tough one and qualifying for the semi-finals will require something extraordinary from the Poles. While captain Michal Spiczko is aware of the challenge ahead, he also spoke to us at length about his team’s preparation, their expectations and overall campaign thoughts. Excerpts: 

Q: How does it feel to represent your country at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup?

A: It’s an honour to represent Poland and be the leader of such an amazing set of players. We are super excited. It means a lot as we are representing our country on an international stage. We have a lot of expectations to fulfil and we will make sure we don’t disappoint our fans back home.

Q: Tell us a little about how you’ve been preparing with the team for this mega event. 

A: We have a squad of players who have a massive passion towards all kinds of sports like football and wrestling. In fact, we have added wrestling to our training programme to help us keep up with the physicality that kabaddi demands. 

Q: What is that one thing that drives all of you?

A: You might have noticed most of us look ripped. So I think the thing that drives all of us is staying fit. 

Q: You have experienced the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi atmosphere. Did you share it with your teammates? 

A: It was a good experience, as I got to play and learn from the best. I’ve told my teammates that the sport doesn’t only require physicality, it also requires composure and timing when to strike a tackle. 

Q:  Who are your key players in this 2016 Kabaddi World Cup?

A: We have strong players to look out for in the defence and corner position. Filip Szczeski, Tomczak Krzysztof and Piotr Sitek are our key players. 

Q: Before kicking off your 2016 Kabaddi World Cup campaign, did you set a target in mind? 

A: I think our team has what it takes to make it to the semi-finals. If we can’t make it to the final, we won’t settle for anything less than bronze. 

Q: After this fortnight is done and dusted, what will you take back from this experience? 

A: Our performance at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup will be crucial for Poland in the history of kabaddi. We want to show the rest of the world what we are capable of. I have a feeling that this sport can become huge and Poland winning the tournament could just set the trend in Europe. 

Poland next face Thailand in a Group B clash on October 10. Catch the action live from The Arena, Ahmedabad only on the Star network and hotstar. Click to know more about the team from Poland.