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Kabaddi Carnival: A Rollercoaster Ride Through India’s Diverse Competitions!

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Kabaddi, an ancient sport originating from India, is experiencing a resurgence within the country and the broader subcontinent. Despite its relative obscurity beyond South Asia, Kabaddi Tournaments has gradually gained international recognition. Traditionally viewed as a rural pastime, Kabaddi has often been overshadowed by more popular sports such as cricket and football. Combining elements of red rover, tag, and wrestling, Kabaddi was not initially regarded as a sport capable of generating significant revenue or captivating audiences like more refined games.

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Nevertheless, the viewpoint underwent a swift transformation in 2014 when the Pro Kabaddi League made its debut. Supported by the media giant Star Sports, the league captured the attention of global fans by injecting glamour into the sport. Featuring celebrity owners, chicly promoted franchises, strategically enhanced rules for added excitement, and a substantial influx of financial resources, the league made a dazzling start. In a short span, nearly 200 million viewers from almost 100 countries tuned in to watch the league.

Major Kabaddi Tournaments in India

Pro Kabaddi League

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Initiated by Mashal Sports and Star Sports India, the Pro Kabaddi League has emerged as a dominant force in the realm of domestic kabaddi within India. Since its inception in 2014, the league has not only defied skeptics but has also reshaped the landscape of sports leagues in the country. Surpassing expectations, it has secured its position as the second-most-watched league in India, trailing only behind the IPL. Pioneering the introduction of a franchise-based format to India’s traditional game of Kabaddi, the Pro Kabaddi League has brought about a revolutionary transformation. Through innovative initiatives, it has turned the sport into a thrilling spectacle, captivating fans and significantly expanding its viewership over the past six seasons.

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The Pro Kabaddi League comprises 12 franchises representing different cities across the country, including Bengal Warriors, Dabang Delhi KC, Bengaluru Bulls, Gujarat Fortune Grants, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Haryana Steelers, Patna Pirates, Tamil Thalaivas, Puneri Paltan, Telugu Titans, UP Yoddha, and U Mumba. These teams compete in a two-zonal format during the league stage to qualify for the playoffs.

National Kabaddi Championship

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The inaugural National Kabaddi Championship, established in 1952, stands as the longest-standing Kabaddi tournament in India. Since its inception, it has consistently held its status as the foremost Kabaddi competition in the country. This annual event attracts teams from different states, representing their kabaddi federations, engaging in spirited contests for the honor of emerging victorious in India’s oldest and most esteemed kabaddi tournament. The competition encompasses various categories, namely Sub-Junior, Junior, and Senior, with participation from both male and female groups. Throughout the year, the tournament unfolds in separate phases for each category. Employing a combination of round-robin and playoff formats, the National Kabaddi Championship is a significant fixture in the kabaddi calendar.

The 66th Senior National Kabaddi Men’s Championship 2019, organized by the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India, took place in Raigad district, Maharashtra, from January 28th to 30th. The Indian Railways secured the championship by achieving a decisive victory against Services.

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Federation Cup

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The Federation Cup, inaugurated in 2013, has evolved into a highly esteemed Kabaddi competition in India. Featuring the top 8 teams from the National Championship, it showcases intense battles in both male and female categories. The format consists of a league-cum-knockout structure, with the top two teams progressing to the semi-finals. Similar to the National Championships, the Federation Cup is an annual event encompassing diverse age groups, including Junior and Senior categories.

The Men’s section of the 3rd senior Federation Kabaddi Tournament saw the Services narrowly defeating Karnataka to claim the title, while in the Women’s category, Indian Railways secured victory over Himachal Pradesh to emerge as the champions.

Beach National Kabaddi Championship

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The Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India innovatively launched the Beach National Kabaddi Championship, a unique initiative deviating from conventional norms. Beach Kabaddi adheres to the standard rules of traditional Kabaddi with a few noteworthy exceptions. The primary distinction lies in the playing surface, as beach kabaddi unfolds on a sandy court instead of the customary mat. Furthermore, team composition is modified, reducing the number of players to 6 instead of 12. In the game, only 4 players are permitted on the court simultaneously, while the remaining 2 function as substitutes.

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In February, the 10th edition of beach Kabaddi concluded, and plans are underway for the 11th edition to take place later this year. The tournament exclusively features a senior category for both the genders. The upcoming 11th Beach National Kabaddi Championship is scheduled to be hosted in Haridwar by the Uttarakhand Kabaddi Association.

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Departmental National Kabaddi Championship

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The Departmental National Kabaddi Championship is a competition where different Government Sector Industries/Departments compete to claim the championship title. The inaugural season in 2009 saw the participation of 20 teams, turning the event into an annual tradition. In the 9th edition of the championship, 16 teams vied for supremacy, with the Air India Sports Division ultimately securing victory as the tournament champions.

Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Memorial All India National Style Kabaddi Championship

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The Haryana Government organized the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Memorial All India National Style Kabaddi Championship. Haryana secured victory in the inaugural edition, while Services claimed the title in the second edition. The third edition of the tournament took place in Hisar, Haryana, from February 22nd to 24th, hosted by the Haryana government. Railways emerged as champions by defeating Services in the final match.

Telangana Premier Kabaddi League

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Kabaddi, an ancient Indian sport, has experienced a resurgence in popularity in the country. Following the immense success of the ‘Pro Kabaddi League,’ even regional Kabaddi leagues are garnering significant attention and support from fans. In an effort to elevate Kabaddi to new heights, Chintala Sports, in collaboration with the Telangana Kabaddi Association, has established the Telangana Premier League. This league, modeled after the PKL, follows a franchise-based format and features the participation of nine teams.

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