Pakistan has been given the opportunity to host the World Cup for traditional sport Kabaddi in 2020, which is set to take place from 12 to 18 January.
Pakistan Kabaddi federation chief Chaudhry Shafay Hussain, with Secretary Rana Sarwar announced details of the Kabaddi World Cup in a news conference.
Chaudhry Shafaysaid that the matches will take place in Lahore, Faislabad, Kartarpur and Nankana Sahib, however the World Cup final will be held in Lahore.
There will be 10 teams participating in the tournament. India has also expressed its desire to participate in the World Cup, however its participation is dependent on the country’s security conditions.
Teams from Pakistan, India, Iran, Canada, Australia, United states, Sierra Leone, and Kenya have qualified thus far.
The winning team will win a cash prize of one crore rupees, whereas the runner up will receive 75 lakhs rupees. The team coming in third position will win 50 lakh rupees.
The Kabaddi World Cup will be played in the circle style format Kabaddi is a contact team sport, played between two teams of seven players each.
The objective of the game is for a single player on offence, referred to as a “raider”, to run into the opposing team’s half of a court, tag out as many of their defenders as possible, and return to their own half of the court, all without being tackled by the defenders, and in a single breath. Points are scored tagged by the raider, while the opposing team earns a point for stopping the raider. Players are taken out of the game if they are tagged or tackled, but are brought back in for each point scored by their team from a tag or tackle.
It is popular in South Asia and other surrounding Asian countries. Although accounts of kabaddi appear in the histories of ancient India, the game was popularized as a competitive sport in the 20th century. It is the national sport of Bangladesh. It is the state game of the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh.
There are two major disciplines of Kabaddi: so-called Punjabi kabaddi, also referred to as “circle style,” comprises traditional forms of the sport that are played on a circular field outdoors, while the “standard style,” played on a rectangular court indoors, is a discipline played in major professional leagues and international competitions such as the Asian Games..—Agencies