Kabaddi World Cup 2016 | Teams | Winners List | Schedule | Points Table
Now that India has been the winner of the last year’s Kabaddi world cup, this time the defending champions are all set to host the Kabaddi world cup in Ahmadabad. Being the defending champions the Indian Kabaddi team is quite under a bit of pressure and it cannot be denied. At the same time, the millions of people are hoping for the defending champions to win even in this time too. And why not? Time and time again, India has proved that it can achieve wonders and the latest Rio Olympics are its proof. Now that India is going to host the Kabaddi World Cup for this year, let us have a look at some of the facts of Kabaddi World Cup 2016.
Participation of players
According to the International Kabaddi Federation, this year, the Kabaddi is going to take place in the month of October. The International Kabaddi federation is really proud that people are taking so much interest in the game. It is growing fast and this time officials are hoping that it is going to break all the records with this global stage that has been scheduled in India. Since the Stars Sports Pro Kabaddi was such a huge success and there were Kabaddi players from different parts of the world who took part in this game, the IKF officials are sure that Kabaddi has huge promise as a global sport. It is a really proud moment for India that they are able to host such a huge event with so much interested people.
What are the officials saying?
We are really hoping to make Kabaddi as an international sport and this world cup is the stepping stone for it. Korea has already made commitments for the preparations of the 2016 Kabaddi World cup. Mohammad Raza Magsodlou, the VP of Asian Kabaddi federation and Secretary said that the participating countries were already engaged in intense training. Also they were preparing for the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup with similar dedication.
At present, Iran is already seeing a global future for the Kabaddi. Yes, it is a fact that the team is really good and they are going to participate this year with a view of lifting the cup. And, one more important thing to remember is, the Iranian team has given a really tough competition to the Indian team in 2014 Asian Games Kabaddi league. So this time it is going to be a tough contender. It turns out that many of the Iranian players were the star performers in the Star Sports pro Kabaddi league. They were also highly sought after by the league franchises.
Performance of India
From the time Kabaddi became a part of Asian Games, India has been the proud winner of gold medals for many times. For the official broadcasting of the game of Kabaddi World Cup 216, star sports are going to be the one. Apart from star sports, the matches shall be telecast on Hotstar and Star Sports network. In the last two years, Star Sports has been the instrument for fuelling the Kabaddi through Star Sports pro Kabaddi league and this year was season 4 that concluded in Gachibowli stadium of Hyderabad. The IKF Officials are taking extra care to ensure that the participants for the Kabaddi World Cup this year are being chosen from across the globe. They are mainly targeting the Olympic geography representative.
The game of Kabaddi originated as the contact sport in India, this is the national game of Bangladesh and the state game of different Indian states. The World cup matches are going to be held in Ahmadabad’s upcoming stadium that will be opened specifically for this event. This year IKF is going to be conducting Kabaddi World Cup 2016 and that decision has been received very well by the states, especially Gujrat.
A few additional news
Apart from this, one major saddening story that has come up in the news regarding the Kabaddi World cup 2016 is, it was first supposed to be hosted by Punjab, but it won’t be able to host the event. The reason is the growing outrage and unrest in the state of Punjab. The tournament was cancelled because of the mark of grief regarding the recent incidents of sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The state had to face a lot of unrest regarding the alleged desecration of the Sikh Holy books and in such unrest, tow person died. Under such circumstances, the Punjab government is not prepared to risk such an enjoyable vent of Kabaddi world cup 2016. This is why the event was cancelled from Punjab. It is a really saddening incident, especially for the Punjabis, because Kabaddi signifies the spirit of Punjabis and how they have excelled in the rural sports. And this cancellation of he even from Punjab has made the whole Sikh community in shock.
A good news for Indian women Kabaddi team
While this is quite a bit of saddening incident for the government of Punjab, but there is good news for the women Kabaddi players of the world cup 2016. With the success of India’s Kabaddi in last year’s Kabaddi world cup, it has been announced that the prize money for Indian women’s Kabaddi team shall be doubled from 1 crore to 2 crore. This shows that Indian government has taken the sport of Kabaddi seriously and there won’t be any discrimination in gender in this sport. Women will have better support ad prize money than previous year. Highlighting the importance of Kabaddi, the Indian government officials stated that besides offering health benefits, it also makes a person properly disciplined and team work.
A tabular overview of Kabaddi World Cup 2016
|SL NO||Facts to know||Brief Details|
|1.||Total number of countries||12|
|2.||Participating countries||India, USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Pakistan, Korea, Bangladesh, Japan, and Kenya|
|3.||Stadium||The Arena in Ahmadabad|
|4.||Official broadcast||Star Sports|
|5.||Kabaddi was introduced||In 1990 in India|
Kabaddi World Cup 2016 India Team
|Deepak Niwas Hooda|
|Girish Maruti Ernak|
List of Kabaddi World Cup Winners and Runners Up
|World Cup #||Year||Host||Winner||Runner-Up||Score|