Their home team, Tamil Thalaivas, may have finished at the bottom of Zone B in the recent season of VIVO Pro Kabaddi, but the students of Chennai-based Jeppiaar School had plenty of reason to cheer. They had not only managed to reach the finals in the inaugural edition of KBD Juniors, but they also went on to receive kabaddi mats to help them reach higher levels in the sport.

Jeppiaar School had earlier topped their zone in KBD Juniors and lost by a narrow 34-31 margin to Sonepat’s South Point World School in the final. However, they managed to impress one and all with their skills and fighting spirit. In fact, Jeppiaar School places a huge emphasis on overall development of its students and encourages them to participate in the various sports events they organise throughout the year. With Chennai getting representation in VIVO Pro Kabaddi after having their own team in the league this year, this move will further serve to cement the position of the sport in the city.

“Though the country has young talents who aspire to be kabaddi players, or take up sport as a potential career option, there is no proper system lined up for them,” Tamil Thalaivas coach K Baskaran spoke on the occasion. “As sports have become very competitive there is a need to have everything in place so that a young player who aspires to be a sports person knows the road map.”

Executive Head of Mashal Sports and League Commissioner of VIVO Pro Kabaddi, Anupam Goswami hoped the initiative would help the spread of kabaddi in the region.

"This is the golden opportunity for the players of Tamil Nadu for taking the sport to the next level. Star Sports is delighted to be a part of such wonderful initiatives. I congratulate the Jeppiaar school kids for making it to KBD Juniors," Goswami said.