India set to host 2019 World Kabaddi Cup from December 1 to 9

India will host the 2019 World Kabaddi Cup from December 1 to 9 and it will be dedicated to the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji.

REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO: The inauguration of the event will be held on December 1 at Guru Nanak Stadium, Sultanpur Lodhi and four matches are scheduled for the opening day.

REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO: The inauguration of the event will be held on December 1 at Guru Nanak Stadium, Sultanpur Lodhi and four matches are scheduled for the opening day.   -  PTI

The 2019 World Kabaddi Cup  will take place from December 1 to 9 and will be organised by the Punjab government, revealed the state’s Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

This year’s tournament will be dedicated to the 550th birth anniversary of Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev ji.

Nine teams -- India, USA, Australia, England, Sri Lanka, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan and Canada -- are expected to take part in the tournament.

Sodhi, however, informed that Pakistan and Canada are yet to get clearance from the Indian government.

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"Barring, Pakistan and Canada, all teams have got NOC from the Central Government. The NOC with regard to these two countries is still awaited," he said.

The inauguration of the event will be held on December 1 at Guru Nanak Stadium, Sultanpur Lodhi and four matches are scheduled for the opening day.

Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sports Stadium in Dera Baba Nanak will host the closing ceremony of the tournament.

Besides, two matches each would also be played at Guru Nanak stadium in Amritsar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh stadium in Ferozepur, Sports Stadium in Bathinda and Sports Stadium YPS in Patiala.

The semifinals will take place at the Charanganga sports stadium in Sri Anandpur Sahib.