London: Four team owners, including rap-star Yo Yo Honey Singh and Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, came together to cheer up their teams ahead of the Wave World Kabaddi League starting on Saturday.
"Kabaddi originated in India and now it has gone global, I believe we should all come together to support and make it even bigger. Pakistan team will also participate in Wave WKL, it`s a big step to bring the two countries together and highly appreciated," said Akshay.
Committing a dope-free tournament, match schedules and players rosters were also announced at the event.
"I am quite excited about the kick off the league. With less than 24 hours remaining my team is all geared up to take on the opponents. London is sure to see some great kabaddi this year," said Honey Singh.
The league will be held over four months across eight international cities including London, Birmingham, Dubai, New York, Los Angeles and six Indian cities like New Delhi, Jalandhar, Ludhiana.
"Kabaddi is an extraordinary sport. It has an intrinsic potential to become a top spectator sport. Wave WKL aims to build an ecosystem to promote and showcase sporting talent at an international level. We believe kabaddi will offer an engrossing and engaging experience to the audience," said Raman Raheja, CEO of Wave WKL.
PTC is going to be the international TV Broadcast partner for Wave WKL across markets of North America, South America, United Kingdom and Canada.
Ms Rajee Shinde, CEO, PTC Network said: "We have been associated with Kabaddi for quite some time. Our experience with 4 World Cup`s in the past made us believe that Kabaddi was loved by youth. We are happy to partner with Wave WKL to take this across the globe."
Wave WKL will see various national and international Kabaddi players in action through 8 franchisees. The league will follow the Formula 1 style touring sports format and will be played across 3 continents. With 86 matches, the first season will be played on the weekends.