Ultimate Kho Kho preview: Odisha Juggernauts look to bounce back

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Pune: Odisha Juggernauts will be looking to put their disappointing loss behind when they take on Rajasthan Warriors in the inaugural edition of Ultimate Kho Kho on Friday.

Odisha Juggernauts, currently placed third on the points table, kickstarted their campaign on a winning note but suffered a narrow five-point defeat against Gujarat Giants in their second game on Tuesday.

Head coach of Odisha Juggernauts, Ashwani Kumar Sharma is confident that his side will make a winning comeback against Rajasthan Warriors.

“Rajasthan haven’t won a match yet and that could give us a slight advantage in the match tomorrow. We have worked on our plans. We will look to win the game and return to winning ways,” Odisha Juggernauts head coach Ashwani Kumar Sharma said.

Preparing for their third match of the league Majahar Jamadar-led Rajasthan Warriors will be hoping to clinch their maiden win when they meet Odisha Juggernauts.

“We lacked in a few areas in our last two matches but we have worked on our mistakes and strategies. We will give our best and I’m confident we will bag our first win against Odisha,” said Rajasthan Warriors skipper Jamadar, who impressed in the attack with 29 points from the first two games.

In the second match of the day, Mumbai Khiladis will take on Chennai Quick Guns in their first meeting of the season.

Country’s first-ever franchise-based Kho-Kho league has been presenting this homegrown sport in an exciting and modern avatar to the fans. On Wednesday, the breathtaking action and lightning speed of the game also astonished the Commonwealth Games silver medallist Avinash Sable, who was present at the stadium.

Sable won a historic medal in the men’s 3000m steeplechase event at the Birmingham Games recently. He also got nostalgic after watching Kho-Kho, the game he used to play during his childhood days. “The speed of the game and difficulty is amazing here (in Ultimate Kho Kho). It felt good to be here. Watching these players play reminded me of my childhood days,” Sable said.

Promoted by Amit Burman in collaboration with the Kho Kho Federation of India, Ultimate Kho Kho has been taking place at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Pune, Maharashtra. A 22-day long tournament will conclude with the final, scheduled on September 4.

Exciting action of the league has been telecasted live in five different languages on Sony Sports Network—SONY TEN 1 (English), SONY TEN 3 (Hindi & Marathi) SONY TEN 4 (Telugu & Tamil) as well as streamed live on SonyLIV.

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