• Monday, August 15, 2022

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The insider who plotted India’s kabaddi downfall

Shailaja Jain

By: Sarwar Alam

For the first time since kabaddi’s Asian Games inclusion in 1990,India will return without a gold medal and it was one of their own who helped plot their downfall. Iran stunned India 27-24 to claim women’s gold on Friday and at their helm was a 62-year-old bespectacled coach from the west Indian town of Nasik. Shailaja Jain has spent more than three decades coaching hundreds of kids in Maharashtra, but never got an opportunity to lead the India national team, which still rankles with her. So when Iran offered her a deal last year to coach their women’s team, she took it as a challenge to…

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