RCB become the first IPL team to appoint a woman in support staff. RCB added Navnita Gautam in their support staff as their Sports Massage Therapist. “Navnita Gautam joins us as a sports massage therapist for the 13th edition of IPL. She will work to identify and implement massage therapy to help the team prepare and recover better. We are proud to be the first IPL team to have a woman support staff member,” RCB tweeted.
Her role would entail “performing specialized techniques pertaining to the preparation, motivation, overall supervision and all individual physical ailments relating to the team,” a release from the franchise stated on Thursday.
Navnita Gautam joins us as a sports massage therapist for the 13th edition of IPL. She will work to identify, and implement massage therapy to help the team prepare and recover better.
We are proud to be the first IPL team to have a woman support staff member.
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) October 17, 2019
“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,” Chairman of RCB, Sanjeev Churiwala, said in an official statement.
“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,” he added.
Royal Challengers Bangalore has failed to win the Indian Premier League title. They have reached in the IPL finals three times but could not cross the line. Indian captain Virat Kohli is leading Royal Challengers team from last few years. In 2016 IPL, RCB reached in the finals but lost against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Mumbai Indians is the current IPL champion.