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Kabaddi World Cup 2016
Kabaddi World Cup starts November 1 in Punjab
Kabaddi World Cup, 2012 is scheduled to be held in Punjab, India starting November 1st. There are 13 teams that are participating in the event from all around the world. India is the defending champion.

IN A cricket-crazy nation, we hardly get to know about other sports that are taking place in the country. Cricket overshadows other sports, irrespective of how good the standard of other sports may be in our country. Hence, it's not surprising that there's no buzz, media-created or otherwise, about the the Kabaddi World Cup, which is going to be held in Bathinda, Punjab, starting from November 1. The winner of the last edition of the tournament was India and they are still one of the favourites to retain the title this time around too.

The competition will see teams from all over the world fighting it out on the battle field in Punjab for a sum of Rs 2 crores, which would be handed over to the team that wins the tournament. All the participating teams would be given Rs 10 lakhs and the runners up and the third place team would receive Rs 1 crore and Rs. 51 lakhs respectively as reported by The Times of India.

The organisers have decided to make the opening ceremony as colourful as possible as they have decided to invite the king of bollywood, Shahrukh Khan, for the opening ceremony at Bathinda. Some of the countries participating in the event are India, Pakistan, Canada, Italy, Argentina, Germany, and Spain.

The game may not be popular in many parts of the world and the sport Kabaddi may have never been introduced in some countries as well. It is the national game of countries such as Iran, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The game is played between two teams comprising of seven players each, where the game is divided into first and second half of 20 minutes each.

During the game, one team sends a player to the opponents' half and utters,' Kabaddi, Kabaddi' in their half. The main goal of the offensive player is to touch the player and return in their own half safely. The defensive team, on the other hand, tries not to let the player cross their half. A defensive team earns a point if the player from the other team, who has come to their half, takes a breath before he goes back to his own half without touching a player. In other words, each time an offensive player is out, the other team scores a point. At the end of the game, the team who scores more points are declared winner.

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