World Kabaddi League launched

New Delhi: The World Kabaddi League, aimed at raising the profile of the sport, was launched here Tuesday in the presence of Deputy Punjab Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and former India hockey captain Pargat Singh.

The league is all set for inauguration in mid-June at Thyagaraj Sports Complex here and will be played across four continents starting from August to December.

Giving his insights about the league Badal, who is also the president of World Kabaddi League, said, "In the Northern region of the Indian sub-continent, Kabaddi is an extremely popular sport and the last four Kabaddi World Cups held in India bear testimony to the same. I am extremely proud to let the world know of India's sporting prowess in the field of Kabaddi through World Kabaddi League."

Pargat Singh, commissioner of the league, said, "After successfully executing four editions of Kabaddi World Cup in Punjab, we realised the need for a professional Kabaddi League which connects South Asians across the world with their traditional heritage." By adding more action-oriented elements to this original Indian contact team sport, we are making it viewer-friendly.

The league will travel to 14 cities around the world. Each city will host at least one weekend all the 10 teams will compete, organisers said.

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