Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) JSW Sports, which acquired a franchise for the 2017 season of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), announced on Saturday that the team would be called Haryana Steelers.Also Read - PM Modi Shares Stunning Video of Over 3000 Blackbucks Crossing a Road in Gujarat's Bhavnagar | Watch

The Steelers, who will play out of Haryana, are one of four new teams (Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu being the others) that have joined the Pro Kabaddi League. Also Read - Dholavira, Harappan-era City in Gujarat, Added to UNESCO's World Heritage Site List

With 12 teams in all, the competition will commence in July and continue until October as opposed to the two short stints last year. Also Read - This National Parents Day, Here’s a List of Lesser-Known Cultural Destinations to Explore With Your Family

“The manner in which the PKL has swiftly turned around the way Kabaddi 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 Haryana 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.

“Haryana has been touted as the hub of Indian Kabaddi and I’m glad we will be giving the state its own team. A team that we are confident will be welcomed and supported,” added Jindal.

JSW Sports also confirmed the appointment of Ranbir Singh Khokkar as coach of the Haryana Steelers. Khokkar, a native Haryanvi and former national Kabaddi 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 fourth Asian Indoor Games in Incheon in 2013.

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