Players complain of language barrier

Ask for commentators,refrees well versed in English

Written by Rakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published:December 14, 2013 5:11 am

While the state is spending crores in organising the 4th edition of World Cup Kabaddi,the language barrier remained a major problem for foreign players as commentators spoke in pure Punjabi throughout the tournament. Not only this the refrees appointed in the matches were also not able to make the foreign players understand what they wanted to convey in case of any foul or any other information.

Nationals of others countries were not able to understand the language. The foreign players thus urged the organiser Punjab Government to have commentator and refrees who know English from the next tournament.

The problem was faced largely by players of New Zealand,England,Spain,Kenya. They had no idea about Punjabi language.

England’s coach Ashok Das said,“We have asked the Punjab Government that they must have parallel commentary in English as well from the next tournament and even few of the members of the organising committee should also be trained in English so that majority of foreign players can understand the instructions.

“The refrees used to speak in Punjabi and it was hard for our players to understand at times.”

Punjab Government has taken the suggestion seriously and they said that they

will certainly look into the matter. International teams have suggested that they can always hire commentators and refrees from outside countries so as to keep the game more fare.

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