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Kabaddi World Cup: JS Gehlot expects an India Pakistan final
Punjab is standing host to the fourth overall Kabaddi World Cup that includes 23 teams - 16 men's and 7 women's teams from different parts of the world. The winners in the men's and the women's category would receive Rs 2 crore and Rs 51 lakhs as prize money respectively.

THE FOURTH edition of the Kabaddi World Cup that took off on December 1 in Punjab, is the third edition of the World Cup, which is going to be played in circle style kabaddi - not an original style of the game. 16 men's teams along with seven women's teams are taking part in the competition that is scheduled to end on December 15.

The prize money for the men's competition stands at Rs 2 crore for the winners, 1 crore to the runners-up along with 51 lakhs to the team that finishes at third position. India has always been considered to be the best team, when it comes to Kabaddi, given their four world cup winning performances. But other teams like Pakistan, Iran and Canada can also spring up a surprise in the championship, organised by the government of Punjab.

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.

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