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Sweet plan to welcome players

Lai from Barh, tilkut from Gaya and sonpapdi from Buxar are set to leave a sweet taste in the mouth of kabaddi players later this month.

After successfully hosting the national table tennis championship, the state is now getting ready to host a kabaddi tourney. The platter before the athletes would include sweet delicacies such as the sweetmeat lai from Barh and khaja from Silao in Nalanda.

The national tournament — 61st Senior National Kabaddi Championship for Men and Women — will be organised at Patliputra Sports Complex from January 21-24.

Serving the sweet dishes to players from across the country is an attempt of the Bihar Kabaddi Federation to popularise the delicacies from the state.

Kumar Vijay, the secretary of Bihar Kabaddi Federation, said: “Litti-chokha is always served to the national-level players in the state during a tourney. But this time we have also planned to welcome the players with the state’s popular sweet delicacies. The idea is to popularise the Bihari sweet dishes.”

The delectable items planned are lai (prepared with khowa and rice), tilkut (prepared with pounded sesame seeds and jaggery), anarsa (prepared with jaggery, rice, poppy seeds and ghee) and sonpapdi from Buxar.

At least 500 players across 32 teams are expected to arrive in Patna for the tournament. Separate food stalls will be set up for the men and women kabaddi players. They would be accommodated at the hostels of Patliputra Sports Complex as well as hotels.

The kabaddi federation has also assured adequate security arrangement at the venue, as it has not kept any entry fee for spectators.