The International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) has announced that 2016 Kabaddi World Cup will be hosted in Ahmedabad, Gujarat between October 7 and 22, 2016.
The event will see participation of 12 Kabaddi teams from around the world representing all the five geographies of the Olympic Games.
These 12 teams are India, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Iran, Australia, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Korea, Japan and Kenya.
Star Sports will be the official broadcaster of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. The matches will be aired exclusively on the Star Sports network and HotStar.
- Kabaddi is a contact sport that had originated in ancient India. It is the national game of Bangladesh and is known as hadudu.
- Kabaddi is an umbrella term which encompasses various forms of the game including International rules Kabaddi.
- In India, it is the state game of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab.
- It also encompasses similar sports known by their regional names in Indian states such as sadugudu in Tamil Nadu, chedugudu in Andhra Pradesh and hututu in Maharashtra.