The Indian ladies’s softball staff is ready to make its debut on the Asian Video games later this yr after it acquired a wild card for the Hangzhou occasion, the Softball Affiliation of India stated on Monday.
The Indian staff’s wildcard entry was accepted by Softball Asia throughout its government committee assembly on February 23.
“The entry of ladies’s staff to the Asian Video games, via a wild card, is certainly a milestone for Softball in India. The Hangzhou Video games will likely be a possibility to encourage and groom our ladies gamers as all main worldwide occasions embrace ladies’s class.
“Performing on the Asian Video games is our first step and comes with an enormous duty as we aspire to be a powerful staff forward of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics,” President of Softball Affiliation of India Neetal Narang stated.
“Softball Affiliation of India is assured that extra such publicity will assist our gamers attain larger heights and we look ahead to having continued help from the sports activities ministry, Indian Olympic Affiliation and Sports activities Authority of India,” she added.
The Indian staff’s participation within the nineteenth Asian Video games has already been accepted by the Indian Olympic Affiliation.
“It’s a matter of significant concern as there are negligible ladies’s coaches for softball in our nation. We might concentrate on emphasizing and grooming our gamers for the long run. A complete of 11 states enrolled 43 individuals of which 15 are females within the just lately concluded 6-week teaching programme,” she stated, including that softball was dropped from Sports activities Authority of India’s curriculum in 2018 because of low participation of gamers for the diploma course.
Softball was a part of the Tokyo Olympics and also will characteristic within the 2028 Los Angeles Video games.