The eighth edition of the Kabaddi World Cup will be hosted by Ahmedabad this year, as the tournament is back with yet another exciting feature of international Kabaddi teams. The tournament will start on October 7th, with the final taking place on October 22nd. The sport will be broadcast on Star Sports. You can watch the live stream online on Hotstar.com Hotstar App. Kabaddi world cup 2016 schedule is not yet announced.
Being the one of the oldest and popular sports in the country, it is no surprise that India has won each and every single edition of the World Cup since its start.
Losing in a sport like Kabaddi would only mean a major setback for the Indians, considering that they are the ones who brought the sport to the world. But so far, the boys have made sure not to let it happen and have managed to do a spectacular job in the process too.
Kabaddi World Cup 2016 Teams
With 11 other international teams participating in the World Cup, Kabaddi is set to make an impact on the international stage. The teams participating are India, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, England, Iran, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Pakistan, USA and Poland.
Kabaddi World Cup 2016 India Team
- Anup Kumar, Rishank Devadiga, Surjeet (from U Mumba)
- Pardeep Narwal, Rajesh Mondal, Dharmaraj Cheralathan (from Patna Pirates)
- Rajesh Narwal, Jasvir Singh, Ajay Kumar, Amit Hooda (from Jaipur Pink Panthers)
- Ajay Thakur, Deepak Niwas Hooda, Nitin Tomar, Manjeet Chhillar (from Puneri Paltan)
- Rahul Chaudhari, Sandeep Dhull, Sandeep Narwal, K. Prapanjan (from Telugu Titans)
- Rohit Kumar, Mohit Chillar, Surender Nada (from Bengaluru Bulls)
- Nilesh Shinde, Vishal Mane, Girish Maruti Ernak (from Bengal Warriors)
- Kashiling Adake, Sachin Shingade (from Dabang Delhi)
The idea behind bringing all these countries, as told by the International Kabaddi Federation, was to have a representation from each of the five continents. While Aussies and Koreans are making their third appearances in the tournament, Kenya will be making their second appearance. The sole representative from Europe – Poland, will be making their debut this year.
In the seven years of tournament’s history, India have defeated Pakistan on four occasions to be crowned as the Champions. Out of those four, three came consecutively over the last three editions. Their last encounter took place in 2014, where India won 45-42.
India’s success in the tournament can also be attributed to its efforts on the local scale to promote the sport. Formed in 2014, Pro Kabaddi League is similar to the Indian Premier League, with the idea of having eight franchises competing to be crowned as the Kabaddi champions every year. Needless to mention, many of the players from these teams make their way up into the National Squad.
The success of the League has also started a revolution, making people more intrigued and excited about Kabaddi. With every year, the crowd that comes to watch these matches increases. As Kabaddi is now gaining some momentum in terms of popularity and quality players, the World Cup is the ideal platform to take this to the next level.
The ticketing details for the Kabaddi World Cup 2016 are yet to be released. Rest assured, we will bring you the latest updates on this front, along with more exciting news as the tournament builds up in the coming weeks. Watch this space regularly for more information about the tournament.