RCB become the first IPL team to have a woman in their support staff as they appoint Navnita Gautam as their sports massage therapist.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are yet to bag an IPL trophy in their 12 years in India’s Premier T20 cricket tournament. However, the side has taken measures to dish out a much-improved performance in the 13th edition of the competition.
The Bangalore based side have made several key appointments so far to give them a tactical advantage in the tournament next year. To that end, the franchise has made a historic appointment with a sports massage therapist.
RCB become the first IPL team to have a woman in their support staff
According to a media release by RCB. Navnita Gautam has been hired as Sports Massage therapist. She will be working with Evan Speechly, the Head Physiotherapist and Shanker Basu, Strength & Conditioning Coach to identify, evaluate, provide guidance and implement massage therapy to suit the team and any relevant prevailing conditions.
She will be responsible for performing specialized techniques pertaining to the preparation, motivation, overall supervision and all individual physical ailments relating to the team.
RCB Chairman, Sanjeev Churiwala, said of the appointment:
“I am very pleased to be a part of this moment in history and another step in the right direction. The game has come a long way, in many ways, in terms of the Women’s Cricket Team and how many people are watching it. The interest was long due.
“Sport is a great enabler, but it is important to ensure that the principles of equity in participation also extends to its staffing bodies. Increasing participation and success by women in all sporting arenas have made this possible and we at RCB are very thrilled to have found great talent in Navnita.”
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