Kbaddi is generally considered a male-dominated game. In Kashmir there are fewer women who have marked their presence in the game of Kabaddi. Nahida Nabi from North Kashmir’s Sopore is one among the small group of female athletes who are passionate about this sport in the Valley.
She is also the first female wrestler from Kashmir who had participated in a mega event in Katra in which she fared well. Now she is more active in Kabaddi and coaches youngsters.
“I am very passionate about Kabaddi and it is my passion which pushed me to excel in this field.”
She got selected in Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, which is also Asia's largest sports institutes, on the basis of merit.
“I did an eight-week special certificate course in Kabaddi. Now I have been appointed as a coach at S.R.M Welkin Higher Secondary School, Sopore.
When asked about why she chose a different career, she said, “I have been very passionate about Kabaddi since my childhood. When I was in class 4th I started playing kabaddi and also other games.”
She has participated in many district, state and national level competitions.
However, she had to strive hard to convince her parents to pursue a career in Kabaddi. “My mother and brother supported me a lot.
“I faced financial problems but my brother stood by myself and always encouraged me. It is only because of him that I reached to this level,” said Nahida
Recalling her contribution in the sport, she said in 2003 she played her first contest in 14 senior State Championship of Kabaddi Gold Cup in Jammu. Thereafter she played in many competitive tournaments and excelled in the field.
She has participated in State Kabaddi Championships and also in All India Rural Sports Tournament in Aurangabad Maharashtra.
Nahida also took part in 18th State Kabaddi Championship 2013 in Nagrota in which she got third Position and also in 19th State Championship in Jammu in 2015 in which she also received third position.
The Kabaddi coach has played nationals in Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, and in other places.
In 2020 she was selected as a coach for the match of boys and girls who played at Hyderabad.
Nahida has also played nationals in other games like Kokoho and hockey.
She expressed gratitude to all who helped in her sports journey and provided her with an opportunity to coach young athletes.
“My main motive is to teach the students and train them in Kabaddi so that they can bring laurels to Jammu and Kashmir,” she added.