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Kabaddi’s finest to take centerstage for All Star match

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The clash between the star-studded teams will give us a taste of what to expect from the much-awaited Season 7 VIVO Pro Kabaddi.

New Delhi: The top Indian players face the best international talent in a one-of-a-kind kabaddi All Star match.

An Indian 7 side will square off against a World 7 team in a one-off match. The clash between the star-studded teams will give us a taste of what to expect from the much-awaited Season 7 VIVO Pro Kabaddi.

With the start of Season 7 just a week away, the All Star clash serves as the perfect opportunity for a few stars to get some match-practice against high quality opponents. The plethora of top-quality players on show means that fans can expect some entertaining and action-packed kabaddi with both teams boasting a host of gamechangers.

The Indian 7 is set to be led by Tamil Thalaivas captain Ajay Thakur and is coached by Balwan Singh. With the likes of Maninder Singh, ‘King’ Pardeep Narwal and last season’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) ‘Hi-flyer’ Pawan Sehrawat also in the ranks; it’s safe to assume that the World 7 will need to defend diligently to have any chance of success.

Deepak Hooda and Sandeep Narwal are also a part of the Indian contingent with both all-rounders capable of contributing in attack as well as defence. On the defensive front, experienced campaigners like Surjeet, Ravinder Pahal and Girish Ernak have been entrusted to keep opposition raiders at bay.

The World 7, on the other hand, will be eager to make a statement of their own and have a well-equipped team to do that. They will be led by Iranian powerhouse Fazel Atrachali and are being coached by EP Rao.

Even without Atrachali, the World 7 have enough firepower within their ranks to take the encounter to the Indians.

All-rounder Mohammad Nabibaksh, who’ll be making his VIVO Pro Kabaddi bow this year, will be one of his team’s biggest raiding threats along with Jang Kun Lee.

In defence, the trusted duo of Atrachali and Abozar Mohajermighani will be shouldering most of the responsibility, making for a fascinating contest featuring kabaddi’s crème de la crème.

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SPN India acquires exclusive telecast rights for Kabaddi World Cup

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New Delhi: There’s some good news for kabaddi fans in the country. The Kabaddi World Cup, scheduled from July 20 to 28 in Malaysia, will be beamed live into Indian homes by Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) India. The agreement with Malaysia Kabaddi Federation gives SPN the rights to televise the tournament on its sports channels across eight territories: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan and Afghanistan; and will also make it available on their premium video on demand (VOD) service, SonyLIV.

Kabaddi is India’s homegrown sport and amongst the more popular sports in the country. And it seems that the rest of the world is also catching up to its appeal. The inaugural edition of the World Cup Kabaddi will see participation from the top kabaddi teams and players from across the world including India, Pakistan, England, Poland, USA, Canada, Mauritius, Egypt, Australia and Kenya amongst others. World Cup Kabaddi 2019 will feature 32 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams competing for the title of world champions. In fact, this will be the first time that teams from five continents of the world will feature in a Kabaddi tournament of this magnitude and this will position kabaddi as a global sport not only in India but also around the world.

Commenting on the development, SPN India chief revenue officer Rajesh Kaul said: “The addition of World Cup Kabaddi 2019 to our portfolio augments the positioning of the sports cluster of SPN India as a global multi-sporting arena with the best international content. We have always worked towards building a multi-sport viewing culture in India with our diverse sports portfolio of international tournaments and marquee events. Kabaddi is one of the more popular sports in the country and we are delighted to be the official broadcasters of an international tournament that positions kabaddi as a mainstream international sport.”

Indian kabaddi players have always delivered excellent performances at international platforms and audiences can expect a world class experience from top players like Sunil Jaipal, Naveen Kumar, Sandeep Chillar and Suresh Kumar amongst others at the World Cup Kabaddi 2019. Kabaddi enthusiasts will also witness prominent international players like Simon Kibura from Kenya, Nahuel VIllamayor and Nahuel Lopez from Argentina, Filip Sesay from Poland to name a few who will represent their respective countries when they compete at the largest Kabaddi tournament that the world has ever seen.

“The World Cup Kabaddi is the showcase event for the World Kabaddi, formed just over a year ago. Of the 50 odd members that we have, more than 30 members are participating in the tournament, making it the biggest ever international kabaddi tournament ever held. We would like to thank Sony Pictures Networks India for believing in us and joining us in promoting the sports of kabaddi,” said World Kabaddi president Ashok Kumar Das.

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Telugu Titans face U Mumba in PKL 7 opener

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PKL 7 begins on July 20.

New Delhi: The Pro Kabaddi season seven kicks off on July 20, with Telugu Titans playing U Mumba in the opening match in Hyderabad.

Defending champion Bengaluru Bulls will play three-time champion Patna Pirates in the second game of the opening day.

Telugu Titans returns to Hyderabad, Bengaluru Bulls returns to Bengaluru, and Jaipur Pink Panthers to Jaipur for the upcoming season.

All teams will play four matches in their respective home legs — on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They will get four days of rest before and after every home game.

Each team takes on every other team twice in the group stage, and the top six teams at the end of the phase will qualify for the playoffs.

The city-wise schedule is as follows:

* Hyderabad (July 20 to July 26)

* Mumbai (July 27 to August 2

* Patna (August 3 to August 9)

* Ahmedabad (August 10 to August 16)

* Chennai (August 17 to August 23)

* Delhi (August 24 to August 30)

* Bengaluru (August 31 to September 6)

* Kolkata (September 7 to September 13)

* Pune (September 14 to September 20)

* Jaipur (September 21 to September 27)

* Panchkula (September 28 to October 4)

* Greater Noida (October 5 to October 11)

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Pro Kabaddi Season VII to kick-off on July 20

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Mumbai: Season VII of the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League will be staged across various Indian cities from July 20 onwards, a statement from the organisers Mashal Sports Pvt. Ltd. said.

On commencement of Season VII and a new match time, Anupam Goswami, CEO, Mashal Sports Pvt. Ltd. said, “India’s biggest kabaddi league is all set for a milestone Season VII, as it returns to the July – October window in the country’s annual sports calendar.  To improve the overall experience for spectators and television viewers, PKL Season VII will commence each of its city-legs on Saturdays and matches will begin at 7:30 pm throughout.  We take pride in the way all our stakeholders and partners, particularly PKL franchises and the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI), are collectively engaged in making kabaddi a major front ranking sport in India.”

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