NEW DELHI: Kabbadi champions are all set for high octane action. Since the beginning of Kabbadi World Cup Matches in year 2004, India has won all the seven editions of the event.
India has a chance to set its new record and win another title in the eighth edition of the Kabaddi World Cup which will be held in Ahmedabad next month on October 7. The semi-finals of the tournament will be held on October 21.
In Ahemdabad’ Arena stadium, around twelve teams will play at the event. In the matches, India has been placed in Group A alongside Bangladesh, South Korea, Australia, England and Argentina, while Group B consists of Iran, Thailand, Japan, USA, Poland and Kenya.
The schedule of the matches have been announced by Union sports minister. Also, the logo of the tournament -the Asiatic Lion has been unveiled on Wednesday.
"This announcement could not have come on a better day. We are winning a number of medals at the Paralympic Games. When the Rio Games were going on, I used to be a bit scared coming on to the stage. Our Olympians did well and gave their best at the Rio Olympics, but luck wasn't on our side. Sending a contingent of 119 athletes is itself an achievement. But in the Paralympics we are doing very well. It's a matter of pride that we have already won four medals. We will felicitate our Paralympians once they return," Goel said on Wednesday.
International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) president Janardan Singh Gehlot said "We already took kabaddi to Asiad, but now we want to take it to the Olympics. We want people to play kabaddi all across the world."