Riding on the success of the men’s league, Mashal Sports, the organiser of the Pro Kabaddi League, which is now in its 10th season, has aimed to launch the women’s league.
The women’s league will see the return of three teams - Firebirds, IceDivas and StormQueens- that participated in the Women’s Kabaddi Challenge in 2016.
“Our plans for a professional women’s kabaddi league are based on the success we have seen in the men’s league and our commitment to grow kabaddi as a modern world-class sport from India,” said Anupam Goswami, CEO, Mashal Sports and League Commissioner, Pro Kabaddi League.
Former India captain V Tejeswini Bai, who led the country to its last Asian Games gold medal in 2014 Incheon, said a big dream will be fulfilled if the women’s league takes shape.
“Ever since the launch of Pro Kabaddi League in 2014, women kabaddi players in India have aspired for a professional kabaddi league of their own,” Tejeswini, who captained StormQueens, said.
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“Now, a women’s version of PKL will be a big dream-come-true for every woman kabaddi athlete in India, and also for women kabaddi athletes from other countries,” added the Arjuna Awardee.
PKL’s viewership increases
The ninth edition of the PKL attracted cumulative viewership of 222 million on Star Sports, the official broadcaster of Pro Kabaddi League and reached millions of viewers through streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar. The play-offs and final saw a cumulative reach of 66 million, a 32% increase over the previous season.