India to host Kabaddi World Cup in October

"The International Kabaddi Federation is immensely proud that Kabaddi is growing in popularity so fast and is all set to breakthrough on a global stage with the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup scheduled in India," said Janardan Singh Gehlot, President, International Kabaddi Federation.

Star Sports Pro Kabaddi league has helped increase the sport's popularity in India.   -  G. NANAVELMURUGAN

The International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) on Sunday announced that the India would host the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in October featuring 12 teams. USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan and Kenya will be playing in the event. The dates for the event will be declared later.

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“The International Kabaddi Federation is immensely proud that Kabaddi is growing in popularity so fast and is all set to breakthrough on a global stage with the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup scheduled in India,” said Janardan Singh Gehlot, President, International Kabaddi Federation.

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“We are committed to nurturing the sport across the globe. The phenomenal success of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi and the participation of players from around the world is a testament to kabaddi’s promise as a global sport. We are delighted and proud to have India host 12 countries for the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup.”

IKF officials point out that they are taking special care to ensure that there are teams from all the world taking part in the event.

Drawing attention to this, Yeong Hak Hoon, Secretary General — IKF, and Secretary of the Korea Kabaddi Federation said, “Kabaddi is growing in popularity in Korea and several other countries, especially due to the phenomenal Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League that is being telecast across the world by Star Sports.

Kabaddi became a part of Asian Games in the year 1990 and India has won all the gold medals since.

Star Sports will be the official broadcaster of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. All matches will be telecast exclusively on the Star Sports network and Hotstar.