Kabaddi may not compare to cricket in the glamour quotient but when it came to finding buyers for the eight franchises of the recently-launched World Kabaddi League, the organisers had 16 bidders to choose from, says the event`s commissioner and former hockey player Pargat Singh.
A Bollywood song and dance routine to kick off the proceedings, a live DJ to entertain the steady trickle of expats filled with nostalgia and some old-fashioned beat of the dhol reverberated at the famous O2 arena as the Wave World Kabaddi League kicked off here Saturday.
It`s quintessentially Indian but Kabaddi is all set to make waves across three continents with the first-of-its-kind World Kabaddi League kickstarting here tomorrow as Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha will add a dash of glamour to the ambitious event.
Fully aware about the Herculan task that awaits the Indian men`s hockey team in the upcoming World Cup, former captain Pargat Singh today said a semifinal finish in the mega-event would be a big achievement for the past masters of the game.
The World Kabaddi League, aimed at raising the profile of the sport, was launched here today in the presence of Deputy Punjab Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and former India hockey captain Pargat Singh.