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Top Kabaddi Events in 2023: Latest Updates and Schedule

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Kabaddi is considered the second most popular sport in India after cricket. It’s even more popular than the worldwide popular sport football, in India. Even if it doesn’t have enough fan-following elsewhere in the world, it has quite some popularity in India. According to an estimate, Kabaddi has a total of 435 million viewers.

2023 will be an exciting year for Kabaddi, and any fan shouldn’t miss the major events. If you’re wondering what you can look forward to next year, we’ve got you covered. We have everything about the 2023 Kabaddi events for you!

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We’re sure you can’t wait to stream the matches and watch the players in actions. You can also enyoy game predictions at Kabaddi prediction site, so let’s get right to it.

Pro Kabaddi League 

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The Pro Kabaddi League is a mega event you can look forward to each year if you love the sport. The first tournament was held in 2014. The last event of this sport was the 2021/22 edition. The champion of the last tournament was Dabang Delhi.

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The PKL has millions of viewers worldwide, and an estimate discloses that over 80 million Indians would follow the tournament.

2022 PKL season is ongoing. The matches started on October 7, 2022, and the final of the tournament is scheduled on December 17, 2022. The league will have 137 matches with 12 teams.

The current top teams on the ladder are Jaipur Pink Panthers and Puneri Paltan, with 79 points each. The top two teams are, of course, qualified for the semi-finals. The teams in the top 3 to 6 spots will be qualified for the eliminators.

Since the latest season hasn’t concluded yet, there aren’t many details on next year’s PKL. However, the next season is likely to start in October. Fixtures will be announced around September 2023.

So far, what’s sure is that the tournament will be called Vivo Pro Kabaddi League since the title sponsorship is sealed until 2025. No apparent changes are going to take place to the format. The format will remain the same with 5 qualifiers, so the tournament will likely to  have 12 teams.

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When it comes to broadcasting, Star Sports will likely have the deal. Disney+ Hotstar might also be the tournament’s streaming partner.

Here are all the teams expected to compete next year:

Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi, Gujarat Giants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba, and UP Yoddha.

Kabaddi Events in 2023: Kabaddi World Cup

Another big Kabaddi event you can look forward to next year is the Kabaddi World Cup. Kabaddi World Cup is an indoor international Kabaddi tournament managed by the International Kabaddi Federation. This tournament started in 2004 and already has three successful seasons.

The last Kabaddi World Cup happened in 2016, with India as the third consecutive champion. They beat Iran, who was the runner-up in the previous two seasons.

The upcoming season of the World Cup has been delayed because of the pandemic. However, the latest news reveals that it will begin in the first quarter of 2023. That’s almost three years of delay since it was originally expected to commence in 2020.

The official announcement is not released yet, but the ten teams competing next year are likely India, Iran, Pakistan, South Korea, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nepal, Thailand, and Indonesia.

However, it’s worth noting that World Kabaddi now has 50 affiliated members worldwide, and more will likely take part in the next season. Kabaddi has been getting a lot of attention over the last few years.

So, aside from the teams mentioned above, countries like Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, England, Egypt, Cyprus, Canada, Poland, and the US might also be part of the next season.

There are also no updates on the host for the next World Cup. The last season was hosted by India. So far, there was a report earlier this year that Wolverhampton was to bid as the host of the next season.

The tournament will also have matches between men’s and women’s teams. The current format is still expected to be followed, which involves a round-robin group stage with 5 teams in 2 pools. The top 2 teams will be progressing to the semi-finals, so the format is similar to the format of IPL.

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Abhishek Mishra
Abhishek Mishra
Greetings, I'm Abhishek Mishra, a passionate sports writer, and football fanatic. Currently, I'm pursuing Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication from GGSIPU, DELHI. I have a keen interest in sports and I aspire to become a sports journalist. I want to work in the overall development of sports and also work towards the grassroots and athlete recognition of our country.


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