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National Geographic set to broadcast show on Kabaddi

MUMBAI: National Geographic Channel and National Geographic Channel HD are all set to broadcast ‘Kabaddi – Khel India Ka’ on 16 June at 9 pm.

The one-hour special show will examine the ancient sport’s historical and cultural significance, as well as highlight its journey from local playgrounds to international arenas.

National GeogIt will analyse how India’s ancient sport has been transformed into a dynamic contemporary sport and explain the science that goes behind preparing athletes to endure this demanding sport.

The exclusive documentary will also go behind the scenes to decode the technology and innovations that helped the sport to not only become more attractive, but also capture the nation’s imagination.

Similar to the highly successful ‘Nat Geo Exclusive’ which premiered on the channel earlier this year (BSF: India’s First Line of Defense & Chennai MegaFloods), this one-hour special scores very high on emotional appeal.

The exclusive documentary will also present the inspiring journey of the sportsmen – showcasing their undying passion even in the face of difficult challenges, as well as their eventual success.

‘Kabaddi- Khel India Ka’ will also feature Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Charu Sharma and other celebrities who have been associated with the sport, and have helped add to its glamour quotient.

Speaking about this Nat Geo Exclusive, Fox Networks Group business head India Swati Mohan said, “At National Geographic, our commitment is to showcase stories which are engaging and have made a marked difference in how we see the world around us. So when it came to a story about what it takes to make an ancient Indian sport and turn it into the second most watched sport in the country, it was one that just had to be told. A heady mix of history, emotions, science, technology and scale – this Nat Geo exclusive is one of those that evokes both wonder and pride.”