Ahmedabad to host 2016 Kabaddi World Cup
Aapnu Amdavad will play host to around 12 international Kabaddi teams for the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup to be held between October 7 and 22. As per announcement made by the International Kabaddi Federation, teams from across the world, including USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan, and Kenya are set to participate.
“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. He added, “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.”
A major task for newly appointed Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, the tournament couldn’t come at a better time. “We are delighted that the city of Ahmedabad will host the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. Our state extends enthusiastic support for showcasing this World Cup as a truly world class sports event and draws inspiration from our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to take our nation ahead in every sport.”
A senior from the federation stated that the organisation has been approached by more of its 32 member countries all wishing to participate in the tournament. “At this stage we have invited nations to give the best possible representation to each of the five Olympic geographies in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, as well as the top ranked Asian countries. At the same time we will invite some of the others to Ahmedabad as observers to the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, and to join in IKF’s future plans for Kabaddi around the world,” the official said.
After an underwhelming performance at the Rio Olympics, India now has its hopes tied to its national Kabaddi team. As for us Gujaratis, we couldn’t be more proud. 🙂
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