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Michal Spiczko: We didn’t lose hope despite earlier setbacks

15 October 2016

Poland’s record 75-29 win against United States of America was unexpected and came as a delight to Polish fans around the world. They have now managed to climb up to fourth place in Group B of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup and are preparing to meet giants Iran in their next match. Qualification may look impossible but anything in their favour now on will be a huge boost for the Europeans in kabaddi.

USA’s Denmar McKie along with Polish captain Michal Spiczko attended the post-match media interaction. Here are some excerpts:

McKie admitted that their defeat was largely because of the team’s inexperience, but they took the result rather positively. “What we are looking at is the perseverance to get back up every time we fall and to continue to come back with the same spirit. We’ve got to keep learning and going ahead with the same intensity.”

On a more positive note, the American raider felt that the fans were really wonderful. “The people here enjoy the sport and we need to give them a good show. The crowd was behind us,” he averred.

For Poland, captain Spiczko expressed great pleasure about his team’s record-creating performance. “Woohoo! It’s good news for Poland. We are determined to win as much as we can and as you all know we are a young team. We may be physically (strong) but lack the experience. In spite of the setbacks in the last few games, we didn’t lose hope and went out to win our first match.”

Spiczko also mentioned the importance of going back to the drawing board and being able to iron out any issues in training itself. “I think the crucial thing was defence. It was the department that needed improvement and we worked on it during training. This is possible through hard work and team work. Our coach has also been integral in our win today,” he said with appreciation.

In Group B leaders Iran, lies a huge challenge for Poland. Will they be able to battle it out?

“We know Iran is a strong team. There’s no pressure on us, so we are going to enjoy our time as we are still learning and (hope to) gain some valuable experience playing against a top team like Iran. We will put our best foot forward,” assured Spiczko.

USA will next play Thailand on October 16, while Poland head into their last group match on October 17 where they face Iran.