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2nd WORLD CUP KABADDI IN NEW PANVEL - 24 - 26 Jan 2007

The indigenous game of kabaddi which had gone global with the launching of the first World Cup Kabaddi Tournament 2004 will soon have its second edition at Karnala Sports Academy Panvel from 24th to 26th Jan 2007. The last edition was contested by a dozen teams and this time the championship would see sixteen nations vying for the title with host and last time defending champions India being considered the favourites. India have so far been at the top in this sport by virtue of their winning five gold medals in consecutive asian games since 1990. Their supremacy will be challenged by next door neighbours Pakistan and to some extent Japan and Iran. In the absence of Pakistan it was Iran who had contested the finals in Mumbai. The new entrants to World Kabaddi are Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Australia. Pakistan though a known power in Kabaddi are set to make their debut on the world stage.

The tournament has a total prize money of around seven lakh rupees with the winners taking a purse of 2.5 lakh rupees. The runners up will be richer by 1.5 lakhs while the loosing semifinalists will take home fifty thousand rupees each. There is an award of rupees fifty thousand for the Player of the Tournament in addition to rupees five thousand each to the best player in each match. The championships will be played on a league -cum- knockout basis with them being divided into four groups.

Canada and Germany who had contested last time are listed as standbyes for this edition. Italy have shown interest in kabaddi and have decided to send a team to the championships.The tournament will be hosted by the Karnala Sports Academy under the dynamic leadership of their President Vivek Patil, MLA under the aegies of Raigad District Kabaddi Association. The Indian Olympic Association have given the green signal for the conduct of this championships to the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India and secretary journal Raja Randhir Singh have pledged full support for this event and have also promised to be present on one of the days. The national federation and its state unit from Maharashtra would provide the technical support to the organisers. Union Minister for Agriculture and Food and the President of BCCI Hon. Sharad Pawar is the chief patron and Ajit Dada Pawar ( Hon. Minister - Irrigation Water Resources and President of Maharashtra Kabbadi Association) Janardan Singh Gehlot (President AKFI , AAKF, IKF) are patron.
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