Pune, Oct 31: Olympic Council of Asia has decided to include women's kabaddi in the 2010 Asian Games to be held at Guamgzhou in China.
The Council took the decision during a meeting, chaired by its president Shaikh Ahmed Al Fahad Al Saheba, held at Macau where the second Asian Indoor Games are in progress.
National Sports Trust (NST) president Manisha Ghate (Kondhalkar), who is a former India women's kabaddi captain has expressed happiness over the Council's decision.
She has congratulated Kabaddi Federation of India (KFI) president Janardhan Gehlot and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Suresh Kalmadi who had pursued the matter.
Ghate pointed out that India has had to make a long struggle to popularise the game of kabaddi. In 1981, Indian men and women played exhibition matches in South Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Phillipines, Hong Kong and Japan. Kabaddi was included as an exhibition game in the Delhi Asiad in 1982.
The ultimate success came when men's kabaddi gained entry into the 1990 Asian Games held at Beijing in China. Indian men have since maintained supremacy in the game and, now, the women too will make every effort to maintain the tradition, Ghate said.
Ghate expressed confidence that with the inclusion of women's kabaddi in the Asiad, another gold has been assured in India's tally.