Mumbai, May 03: Indian Railways, reigning champions
in both the men's and women's sections, would look to extend
their domination when they battle it out in the 27th
Federation Cup Kabaddi Tournament to be held at Shivaji Park
in Dadar from May 6.
Offering a total prize money of Rs 2.5 lakh, the five-day
tournament is being organised by the Maharashtra State Kabaddi
Association, in memory of player Shankarrao Salvi.
Along with last year's runners-up services, former
champions Maharashtra and Punjab are expected to be tough
rivals for the Railway side in the men's segment.
Playing at home, the formidable Maharashtra team would
seek to regain the honours which they had last won in 2004
while in the women's section, the hosts too would look to
turn things around by ending the Railways' domination.
The tournament, conducted under the auspices of Amateur
Kabaddi Federation of India, will feature the top eight state
sides of the country in either section.
Equal prize money has been allotted to either section
with the winners and runners-up to receive Rs 51,000 and
Rs 31,000 respectively.
Teams have been divided into two pools for a quarter
final league from where two from each pool would make the
semi-finals, to be played on the penultimate day of the event.
Four matches are scheduled on the first three days with
the finals to be played on May 10. The third-place match will
be played before the summit clash.
In men's section, Maharashtra figures in Pool B where the
other teams are Punjab, Delhi and Chandigarh. Pool A comprises
Indian Railways, Uttar Pradesh, Services and BSNL.
He (Major Dhyan Chand) is inspiration personified. He became synonymous with hockey. He became the parameter of hockey by which other player's calibre is measured.
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal