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India wins 2016 Kabaddi World Cup

India has won the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup by defeating Iran by 38-29 score in the final match played at the Arena By TransStadia in Ahmedabad (Gujarat.

It was India’s third consecutive Kabaddi World Cup in the Standard Style version of Kabaddi. Earlier India had won in 2004 and 2007.

Captain of Indian team: Anup Kumar

Captain of Iranian team: Meraj Sheykh

About Kabaddi World Cup

  • Kabaddi World Cup is standard style indoor international kabaddi competition conducted by the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF).
  • The competition has been previously contested in 2004, 2007 and 2016. All the three tournaments have been won by India by defeating Iran in the finals.

Arena By TransStadia

It is India’s first-ever convertible stadium. It uses a globally patented technology, which converts an outdoor stadium into an indoor arena within 6 minutes at a touch of a button. It can house 14 sports, excluding cricket and has seating capacity of 20,000.

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Indian women’s kabaddi team wins gold medal in Asian Beach Games

Indian women’s beach kabaddi team has won the gold medal at the 5th Asian Beach Games held in Danang, Vietnam.

In the final match, Indian team defeated Thailand by 41-31 score.

With this, Indian women’s kabaddi team has won the title for the record fifth time in succession. For Thailand, it was the fifth time in a row they had lost to India in a final.

The Indian women’s kabaddi team won the gold medal since the inception of the biennial Games in 2008.

Earlier in women’s 70kg category kurash (a form of wrestling originated in Uzbekistan), Amisha Tokas had won a silver after losing to Nguyen Thi Lan of Vietnam in the final.

In beach bodybuilding, India’s Manoj Kumar Majumdar also had won a bronze medal in upto 158cm category.

So far, India has won six medals (1 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze) in the Games and is at 15th spot in the medal table which is headed by hosts Vietnam (25 gold, 22 silver, 27 bronze).

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Gujarat to host 2016 Kabaddi World Cup

The International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) has announced that 2016 Kabaddi World Cup will be hosted in Ahmedabad, Gujarat between October 7 and 22, 2016.

The event will see participation of 12 Kabaddi teams from around the world representing all the five geographies of the Olympic Games.

These 12 teams are India, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Iran, Australia, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Korea, Japan and Kenya.

Star Sports will be the official broadcaster of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. The matches will be aired exclusively on the Star Sports network and HotStar.

About Kabaddi

  • Kabaddi is a contact sport that had originated in ancient India. It is the national game of Bangladesh and is known as hadudu.
  • Kabaddi is an umbrella term which encompasses various forms of the game including International rules Kabaddi.
  • In India, it is the state game of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab.
  • It also encompasses similar sports known by their regional names in Indian states such as sadugudu in Tamil Nadu, chedugudu in Andhra Pradesh and hututu in Maharashtra.

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