Stage set for first World Cup Women`s Kabaddi championship

Patna: The stage is set for the first World Cup Women`s Kabaddi championship beginning tomorrow with 15 teams from across the world have arriving here to participate in the four-day event to be held at the newly built Patliputra Sports Complex.

The Bangladesh women`s Kabbadi team is expected to arrive here by late evening today, organisers said.

Among the teams to have arrived are Korea, Nepal, Mexico, America, Iran, Italy, Canada, Turkministan, Taipei, Malayasia, Oman and India.

This is the first time that World Cup Kabaddi tournament for women is being organised by International Kabaddi Federation President of the Amateur Kabadi Federation of India (AKFI) Janardan Singh Gehlot said and sought the Centre`s cooperation for kabbadi along the lines of cricket.

Indian team is a strong contender to win the first World Cup on its home soil, he said adding all players of the Indian side are technically sound and have given marvelous performances in various tournaments in the past.

Two synthetic turf courts have been laid in the indoor hall where the contending teams of the countries and Asian Cup winner India will fight for the crown.

Kabaddi is played in 31 countries at present and experts in the game are being sent to other countries to popularise it. The game would find a place in Olympics when it would spread to 50 countries, Gehlot said.