Sonipat, Feb 10: The first edition of Akhil Bharatiya Kabaddi Championship was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Vijay Goel on Thursday.
The competition, taking place at the Motilal Nehru School of Sports in Rai, Sonipat in Haryana, aims at popularising the sport among youngsters and to promote it as a game of the masses.
Speaking on the occasion, Goel said, “the Kabaddi World Cup held recently in Gujarat was a unique event as not only India being the host country won the Cup but also because it was elevated to a global level to a great extent.”
He also added, “it is his objective to promote indigenous games among the youth, and Kabaddi being one of the most prominent games, we must take it to the next level.”
The Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sports will soon kick-off the Rural Games or “Grameen Khel Mahakumbh” under the ambitious ‘Khelo India’ scheme, Vijay Goel stated. “These games will not only popularise rural games but also search for talented players at the grassroots level,” he added.
The three-day Kabaddi Championship has the prize money for the winning team of ₹1 crore. For the 2nd and 3rd position ₹ 50 lakh and ₹ 25 lakhs respectively would be given. Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij was also present at the inaugural ceremony.