In an exciting move this week, the World Kabaddi League was launched in India. The league will be played in four continents between August and December this year after the league is officially inaugurated in the middle of June. Kabaddi is a popular wrestling sport that is played in South Asia and now in a large number of locations around the world.
While many fans of Kabaddi have felt that the sport has been somewhat neglected, this is not the case. Starting the World Kabaddi League may be a new development, however, there are already 4,000 Kabaddi clubs in India. When games take place, there are large audiences who come to watch. There are 700,000 schools who play Kabaddi. There is also an International Kabaddi Federation that has a number of countries, including Japan, Korea, Italy, and Germany and another 28 countries who are affiliated to the federation.
The professional World Kabaddi League is expected to take the sport to the next level. The commissioner of the league, Pargat Singh, who is the former India hockey captain, explained: “After successfully executing four editions of Kabaddi World Cup in Punjab, we realized the need for a professional Kabaddi league which connect South Asians across the world with their traditional heritage. By adding more action-oriented elements to this original Indian contact team sport, we are making it viewer-friendly.”
When the league takes place between August and December, it will be taking place in 14 different cities around the world. Each of the host cities will host at least one weekend where the teams will compete.
Sukhbir Singh Badal, the president of the Governing Council World Kabaddi League, had the following to say: “I am extremely proud to let the world know of India’s sporting prowess in the filed of kabaddi through World Kabaddi League. This league is extremely close to my hear and I envision it to grow by great leaps in the next few years.”