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Odisha Juggernauts all set for the semifinals in Ultimate Kho Kho League

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Juggernauts wrapped up the group stage of Season 2 in the Ultimate Kho Kho League with a resounding 34-23 victory against Mumbai Khiladis, securing their spot in the semi-finals. With a total of 23 points from 10 matches, including 6 wins and 2 losses, the Juggernauts secured the second position on the table. They are now gearing up to face the Gujarat Giants in the semi-finals.

Expressing his excitement, Sports Secretary Vineel Krishna emphasized the importance of promoting indigenous sports. He stated, “We are delighted to see the state-owned franchise of the Odisha Juggernauts just two victories away from a second consecutive title in the Ultimate Kho-kho League. We are confident that fans will turn out in huge numbers to support their team.”

For the reigning champions, a second consecutive title would add another feather to their cap following Odisha’s two silver medals in Men’s and Women’s Kho-Kho at the recently concluded 37th edition of the National Games.

Looking ahead to the semi-finals, Odisha Juggernauts Captain Dipesh More expressed confidence, saying, “It’s always good to go into a high-pressure game like a semi-final with a victory, so we are feeling confident. The team is looking forward to the support from the home crowd, and these factors can make a big difference in critical games.”

The Odisha Juggernauts have received professional support, including a physio, masseur, and strength and conditioning coach from Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance. Additionally, they have access to the recently inaugurated, state-of-the-art Sports Science Centre at the Kalinga Sports Complex in Bhubaneswar. The Sports Science Centre houses specialized labs, including a Para-Athlete Performance Lab, Biomechanics Lab, Altitude Training Chamber, Cryotherapy, floatation therapy, and various other sports science equipment.

Vice-captain Gowtham MK highlighted the professional setup, stating, “The setup has been very professional, exposing us to many techniques for training and recovery. Not only does this help our in-game performances, but it has also helped us develop significantly as individual athletes.”

The Odisha Juggernauts will face the Gujarat Giants on January 11th at the Jawaharlal Indoor Stadium in Cuttack in their quest for another Ultimate Kho Kho League title.

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