J.S. Gehlot, president of Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India said, “May be, it is India and Pakistan who are going to reach the finals of the World Cup.” No other team apart from India has won the title ever since it started in 2004, irrespective of the style of kabaddi that was played. Iran has reached the finals twice while Pakistan and Canada have reached the finals once each.
It has been witnessed in the past that most of the players that represent other nations have a number of players of Indian origin. Teams such as Canada and USA are are a testimony to this fact. There are 5 teams, Denmark, Iran, Kenya, New Zealand, Scotland and Sierra Leone who are making their debut in this competition.
As far as the women's competition are concerned, Rs 51 lakh, 31 lakh and 21 lakh would be given to the team that finishes first, second and third respectively. India, Canada, Denmark, England, Malaysia, Turkmenistan along with the US are seven teams that would battle it out for the women's title, which was won last by India as well by defeating Iran.
India has been a dominant force in this sport, so Kabaddi fans would expect the Indian team to walk away with both the men's and women's title.