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JSW Sports's Pro Kabaddi team is called Haryana Steelers

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

JSW Sports, who acquired a franchise for the 2017 season of the Pro League (SSPKL), announced today that the team would be called Steelers.

The Steelers, who will play out of Haryana, are one of four new teams (Gujarat, and being the others) that have joined the Pro League.

With 12 teams in all, the competition will commence in July and continue until October as opposed to the two short stints last year.

"The manner in which the PKL has swiftly turned around the way is played, viewed and followed is fantastic to say the least. We are thrilled to be part of the ride this season. We couldn't have asked for a more apt place than to field a team out of, given it is where our family hails from and that it has always been a hotbed for athletes who have gone on to do the nation proud," said Parth Jindal, Director, JSW Sports.

JSW Sports also confirmed the appointment of Ranbir Singh Khokkar as coach of the Steelers.

Khokkar, a native Haryanvi and formal national player, boasts of more than 35 years of coaching experience, leading India to gold medals at the 11th Asian Games in Beijing in 1990 and the 4th Asian Indoor Games in Incheon in 2013.

Khokkar is also known for his contribution to the Iranian team that now boasts of talents such as Fazel Athrachali and Meraj Sheykh, strong forces in the Pro League.

Commenting on his appointment, Khokkar said, "I look forward to working with a team such as JSW Sports who are focused on the development of sport in the country and the professional management of sports teams. Their experience in team management and the infrastructure they provide will be a big benefit to a team that's making its debut."

The Pro League goes into player auctions on May 22.

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First Published: Sat, May 20 2017. 18:13 IST