The India’s exciting game of Kabaddi is gearing up fast to become a well recognized international sport. 7th October marks the beginning of the 3rd edition of the Kabaddi World Cup that is to be held in India in the Ahmedabad district of Gujrat In India.
12 countries from across the continents are participating in the tournament making Kabaddi a Global tournament. Inviting at least one country from each continent is a brilliant approach by IKF towards building up this game for a whole new level.
India, Bangladesh, Korea, Thailand, and Japan are the five countries from Asia, Poland & United Kingdom from Europe, USA from North America, Argentina from South America, Kenya from the African Continent, and Australia are the 12 countries taking part in the Kabaddi World Cup tournament.
Since everyone realizing the power of the game of kabaddi in generating excitement, attracting the audiences, and also its commercial feasibility, this game is more likely to become a popular tournament in near future. IKF is also making efforts to get Olympic Sport Status for Kabaddi.
Pakistan Out! Argentina In As India-Pakistan Relations Spoil
Pakistan also has a strong Kabaddi culture like India but due to tensions between Indian and Pakistan across borders following the India’s surgical strike over terrorist camps in Pakistan, Pakistan has been excluded from the tournament. The place of Pakistan is allotted Argentina.
The absence of Pakistan will definitely result in some fading of the tournament, as Pakistan is a strong contender in this game and is the only country in the world to have defeated the Indian Kabaddi team in an international match.
In an exclusive statement given to sportskeeda, the CEO of IKF said that “Pakistan is a valuable member and stakeholder of the federation, but in view of the current political atmosphere, we have decided, in the best interest of the sport, that this world cup should be played without them.”
Although, it will give newer teams an opportunity to gain achievements, but they might not be able to get off the Indian National Kabaddi team which is stuffed with star players and who also have quite a number times of much experience of the domestic Kabaddi tournaments especially the Pro Kabaddi League (India’s Domestic Kabaddi League) that was recently held in India. Also, since inclusion of Kabaddi in the Asian Games in 1990, India has won all the gold medals.
The participants of the Kabaddi world cup 2016 are as follows
- SOUTH KOREA
About The Venue
Matches will be organized in the brand new state-of-the-art stadium in Ahmedabad, called “The Arena by TransStadia”.
The Opening Match
India and South Korea will fight in the opening match on October 7.
All the 12 international Kabaddi teams will be divided into 2 groups of 6 teams each.
Group A: India, Bangladesh, South Korea, Australia, England and Argentina
Group B: Iran, Thailand, Japan, USA, Poland and Kenya.
All the league matches will be held in ‘Round Robin format’. Top 2 sides from both the pools will qualify for semi-finals. Final will be played on 22 October 2016.
Online Live Broadcast & TV Channel
Star Sports is the one and only official broadcaster for India. Star Sports is the TV Channel for live broadcast as well as for the online live streaming of the tournament.
Event will also be televised in Australia, USA, Canada, EU, UK, New Zealand.
The International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) declared the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup schedule to take place from 7 October 2016 to 22 October 2016.
Here is the complete schedule and match fixtures of Kabaddi World Cup 2016 Schedule.
|Match No||Date||Start Time||Team Played|
|1||07 OCT||20:00||IND vs KOR|
|2||07 OCT||21:00||USA vs IRN|
|3||08 OCT||19:00||ENG vs BAN|
|4||08 OCT||20:00||POL vs KEN|
|5||08 OCT||21:00||IND vs AUS|
|6||09 OCT||19:00||KOR vs ARG|
|7||09 OCT||20:00||USA vs JPN|
|8||09 OCT||21:00||THA vs IR|
|9||10 OCT||20:00||ENG vs AUS|
|10||10 OCT||21:00||THA vs POL|
|11||11 OCT||20:00||IRN vs KEN|
|12||11 OCT||21:00||IND vs BAN|
|13||12 OCT||20:00||POL vs JPN|
|14||12 OCT||21:00||AUS vs ARG|
|15||13 OCT||20:00||THA vs KEN|
|16||13 OCT||21:00||BAN vs KOR|
|17||14 OCT||20:00||ENG vs ARG|
|18||14 OCT||21:00||USA vs POL|
|19||15 OCT||19:00||KOR vs AUS|
|20||15 OCT||20:00||IRN vs JPN|
|21||15 OCT||21:00||IND vs ARG|
|22||16 OCT||19:00||THA vs the USA|
|23||16 OCT||20:00||KOR vs ENG|
|24||16 OCT||21:00||JPN vs KEN|
|25||17 OCT||20:00||POL vs IRN|
|26||17 OCT||21:00||AUS vs BAN|
|27||18 OCT||20:00||USA vs KEN|
|28||18 OCT||21:00||IND vs ENG|
|29||19 OCT||20:00||BAN vs ARG|
|30||19 OCT||21:00||THA vs JPN|
|Kabaddi World Cup 2016 Semi-Final & Final Fixture|
Semi Final 1
|21 OCT||20:00||TBD vs TBD|
Semi Final 2
|21 OCT||20:00||TBD vs TBD|
|22 OCT||20:00||TBD vs TBD|