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Jan 03, 2009 at 04:56pm IST

Britons take up kabaddi to even cricket loss

London: While England has not been winning any major cricket or football events, the British Army is working hard on the ancient Indian sport of kabaddi to defeat their Indian counterparts.

The sport initially started in Britain to attract recruits from Asian communities, but it lately became such a hit that the team gave the Indian army's national squad a tough game.

Ashok Das, who coaches the Army team, has even predicted on Indian national television that a future English national team would be the best in the world at the game, which caused consternation in India.

OTHER WAY ROUND: British Army is working hard on the ancient Indian sport of kabaddi to defeat their Indian counterparts.

“They said to me, ‘You are Indian, aren't you ashamed to do this to your country?’ the ‘Telegraph’ quoted Das as saying.

“I said, ‘I was Indian, now I am British, I have to pay back my country. They are not winning at football, now they will win at kabaddi’,” he added.

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