Source: News Bharati English06 Oct 2016 17:46:01

Ahmedabad, Oct 6: Ahmadabad is all set to witness the grand competition of Kabaddi among the top most countries. The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup kicked off on Thursday in the presence of captains of the 12 competing nations, including hosts India. The matches will be held at The Arena stadium in Maninagar area of Ahmedabad.

Countries like US, England, Australia, Iran, Poland, Thailand, Bangladesh, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Kenya will fight for the prestigious trophy.

Group A consists of India, Bangladesh, England, Australia, South Korea and Argentina, Group B features Iran, United States, Poland, Kenya, Thailand and Japan.

12 teams have been divided into two pools of six teams each. The tournament will be played in a round-robin format, where the top two sides from each pool will qualify for the semi-final. The final match is schedule on October 22.

Following the international format of the game being recognized by the International Kabaddi Federation, two teams of seven members each are allowed to participate. Every team is allowed three players for substitution, with the permission of a referee. The duration of a match is 40 minutes, which is divided equally in two halves of 20 minutes along with a five-minute interval.

India’s Anup kumar is heading the team India and all rounder Manjeet Chillar is vice captain. Total 14 members have been included in the team scrod. Balvant singh is the main coach and Bhaskaran is assistant coach.

Speaking on the occasion Indian skipper Anup Kumar said, "I am extremely honoured to lead the country for the World Cup. It's every sportsperson's dream to represent their country at a global stage. I'm proud of my team and we will all work towards bringing honour to India,"

On the very first day India will take on to South Korea while Iran to contest with US. This is the first time when United States is participating in the world cup. Due to recent attacks in uri and after the surgical strikes, Pakistan have already been kept out of the world tournament.

This year’s Kabaddi World cup is quite significant for India as home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hosting the mega event.

All the matches would take place in the Maninagar area which was the assembly constituency of then chief minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi. Matches will take place in specially designed well equipped indoor stadium which constructed by Ahmadabad municipal corporation.  

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the grand finale of the Kabaddi World Cup 2016 where he will meet  the players of all  the participants  counties. On 1st October the trophy of Kabaddi World cup was unveiled by Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Bhai Rupani at GMDC ground.

Speaking on the occasion President of International Kabaddi Federation Janardan Singh Gehlot said: "This is a watershed moment for the sport of Kabaddi globally. The IKF has been working to develop Kabaddi as a competitive discipline."

"With 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, the sport is all set to break through on the global stage. There is a lot of excitement among all participants and we are sure that the same energy will be transferred to the fans watching it in stands and screens across the world."

The first edition of the Kabaddi World Cup took place in 2004. Hosted in Mumbai, the tournament saw 12 teams competing, including Japan, Iran, Bangladesh, United Kingdom and South Korea. The second one, held in Panvel in 2007. Team India became world campaign in the year 2004 and 2007.