Good News! India To Host Kabaddi World Cup In October 2016: On Sunday, International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) announced that India would host upcoming Kabaddi World Cup 2016 in which 12 nations will take participate. The dates for the event has not yet been officially declared but will take place in the month of October. The official broadcasting rights of Kabaddi world cup 2016 has been given to Star Sports.
Kabaddi World Cup is an event since 2004. India always dominated the event by winning all the gold medals in both men’s and women’s category. Kabaddi World Cup was first played in 2004, then in 2007 and then annually from 2010 onwards. 2004 and 2007 were played in Standard Style and other years in Circle Style. World Cup 2015 was cancelled because of 2015 Guru Granth Sahib desecration controversy.
The United States, Canada, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan and Kenya, apart from hosts India, are set to take part in the competition for the top honours.
“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. We are committed to nurturing the sport across the globe,” Janardan Singh Gehlot, president of IKF said.
“The phenomenal success of 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,” Gehlot added.
Mohammad Raza Maghsodlou, vice president of the Asian Kabaddi Federation and secretary of Kabaddi Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran, stated that the 12 participating countries are already engaged with training and other preparations for the World Cup.
“Iran sees a global future for Kabaddi. Of course, the team from Iran is very good and we will participate with a view of lifting the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup,” Maghsodlou said.
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