India to clash against Pakistan in Kabaddi Masters Dubai

The tournament will feature six teams, including India, Pakistan, Iran, Kenya, Argentina and Republic of Korea. The six participating teams are divided into 2 groups of three, where each team will play two matches against every other team in their respective group.

A file photo of India's Ajay Thakur in action.   -  Vijay Soneji

India and Pakistan are all set to renew their rivalry when the two sides lock horns at the six-nation Kabaddi Masters Dubai, which will be held at the Al Wasl Sports Club between June 22 and 30.

The tournament will feature six teams, including India, Pakistan, Iran, Kenya, Argentina and Republic of Korea. The six participating teams are divided into 2 groups of three, where each team will play two matches against every other team in their respective group. The top 2 teams from both groups qualifying for the semifinals and the winners will advance to the final.

India will be going up against strong contenders for the title, with Kabaddi maestros Iran and Republic of Korea successfully proving their prowess in the Asian Games and Kabaddi World Cup. Republic of Korea had beaten India in the opening match of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, fuelling India’s bid for retribution this time.

Janardan Singh Gehlot, President, International Kabaddi Federation said, “Kabaddi is fast becoming a renowned sport globally, and we at IKF look forward to exploring options for a comprehensive international Kabaddi calendar that is active annually, successfully pinning Kabaddi across the world map.

"Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 is our first step in that direction and will elevate the stature of our sport considerably. We are thankful to the Dubai Sports Council as well as Star India for their strong role in making this happen.”

Speaking on the initiative, India's coach Srinivas Reddy, said, “We are very proud that our sport has grown to this scale internationally. Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 will give us the chance to go up against the best teams. We look forward to proving ourselves once again and will go all out to gun for the trophy.”