IKF, Star India to organise Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 from 22 June

MUMBAI: The International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) along with its broadcast partner Star India is organising a six-nation Kabaddi tournament titled Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018, supported by the Dubai Sports Council.

The tournament, which begins on 22 June, will be a 9-day action packed sporting event showcasing the best of Kabaddi action, as the six participating nations namely India, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Iran, Argentina, and Kenya compete with one another in a Kabaddi battle of nations.

The matches would be held at the Al Wasl Sports Club in Dubai and will be aired live at 8 pm. IST on the Star Sports Network: Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, and Star Sports 1 Tamil.

Janardan Singh Gehlot, President, International Kabaddi Federation said, “Kabaddi is fast becoming a renowned sport globally, and we at IKF look forward to exploring options for a comprehensive international Kabaddi calendar that is active annually, successfully pinning Kabaddi across the world map. Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 is our first step in that direction and will elevate the stature of our sport considerably. We are thankful to the Dubai Sports Council as well as Star India for their strong role in making this happen.”

Speaking on the initiative, a Star India spokesperson said, “At Star India, it is our endeavour to foster a multisport culture in the country. In line with this, Kabaddi has always been close to us, given the Pro Kabaddi League. We are excited about the Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 and firmly believe it will give greater impetus to the sport in the international arena. Given the stature and strength of the participating teams, our viewers can expect top quality best Kabaddi action in exciting and entertaining matches.”

The six participating teams are divided into 2 groups of three. The teams in each group play two matches against every other team in their respective group, with the top 2 teams from both groups qualifying for the semi-finals. The two teams to emerge as victors from the semi-finals will play each other in a grand finale. Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018, will see India and Pakistan up against each other, which, in past competitions, have been nail-biting experiences that have kept fans at the edge of their seats.

India will be going up against strong contenders for the Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 title, with Kabaddi maestros Iran and Republic of Korea successfully proving their prowess in the Asian Games and Kabaddi World Cup. The Republic of Korea had beaten India in the opening match of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, fuelling India’s bid for retribution this time. India, Pakistan, Republic of Korea and Iran will go up against the formidable newcomers Argentina and Kenya in a Kabaddi battle that is sure to see the emergence of new legends in the sport!

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