Although there was a short time at the end of the Kabaddi World Cup 2016 in which there were some doubts as to who the winner would be, India pulled through and has taken another kabaddi title. Iran had been doing particularly well, but did not make it to a win when Ajay Thakur pushed hard to ensure that India won.
This year, in order to make the World Cup more inclusive, the International Kabaddi Federation extended invitations to a number of countries that had not taken part before. Included in those who were invited were the United States and Australia. Neither of these countries had kabaddi teams. In order to participate, both the US and Australia formed kabaddi teams just a few months ago.
Needless to say, Australia and the United States did not do well at all, however, this may change the face of the competition in the future. At this time, there is no clear indication as to whether these two countries will push the sport in any way.
India has also won the Kabaddi World Cup in 2004 and 2007. In addition to this, India has taken all seven gold medals when playing kabbadi at the Asian Games. In the past two Kabaddi World Cup finals, India has clashed with Iran, and has beaten them both times. This year, Iran had been in the lead by the time the first break was reached. Thakur was the star of the team, winning 12 points that helped India win in the second half.
India is the most dominant player in kabaddi, with the strongest competition coming from Iran, South Korea, and Pakistan. Other teams that participate are Argentina, England, Kenya, Japan, and Thailand. The more countries that participate in kabaddi tournaments, the more legitimacy the sport will attain.