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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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UP Kabaddi League: Varanasi Volcano and Muzaffarnagar Maharaja emerged winners of season II

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Lucknow: The second season of the UP Kabaddi League, which is partnered by UP Yoddha – the Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh based Pro Kabaddi League franchise,  was capped off by two contrasting finals in the men’s and women’s format.

In the men’s final, Muzaffarnagar Maharaja squared off against RR Polytechnic Varanasi Warriors. In contrast to the women’s final, this match turned out to be one-way traffic as the Muzaffarnagar outfit were in total control from the onset, dictating the pace of the game and eventually clinching the UP Kabaddi League Men’s title in convincing fashion, by a score line of 50-25.

Muzaffarnagar’s Ajay was named the Player of the Match, credits to his 11 point haul for the champions. Muzaffarnagar claimed another accolade, when their star all-rounder Bhishm Choudhary was named the Player of the Tournament.

In the women’s final, Varanasi Volcano defeated Baghpat Anokhi in what turned out to be a closely contested affair, thus claiming the UP Kabaddi League Women’s title. The match ended 27-27 after normal time, with the Varanasi outfit edging out 34-32 after extra time to clinch the championship.  Varanasi’s Kamini Tiwari was adjudged to be the Player of the Match following her stellar performance in defence.

The Champions of both formats were awarded one lakh rupees each while the runners-up were awarded seventy-five thousand.

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India to push for Kabaddi’s inclusion in 2024 Olympics, says sports minister Rijiju

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New Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has said that the government will try to push for the inclusion of Kabaddi in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

“Kabaddi is a perfect example of how an indigenous sport has grown successfully. This I feel is the beginning of the sports culture that we envisaged for India which is now becoming a reality,” Rijiju said while speaking on KBD Live at Star Sports Studio on Sunday.

“We will definitely push hard for Kabaddi to be part of the next Olympics as we are a billion plus powerful nation and so for this to become possible, we will have to put all our efforts together, but I am very confident about it.”

He did not elaborate on how this will be done but including a new sport in the Olympic roster is a long-drawn and cumbersome process, which also requires intense lobbying.

A sport will have to first get recognition from the International Olympic Committee. Then, its governing body will have to become a recognised International Federation (IF) of the IOC. The sport’s IF will then apply for admittance as an Olympic sport by filing a petition establishing its criteria of eligibility to the IOC.

Moreover, after a vote of the IOC Session on June 25 in Lausanne, the IOC has said that no further sports can be put forward for inclusion on the programme of the 2024 Olympic Games.

As Olympic host country, Paris 2024 submitted its proposal to include breaking, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing on the Olympic programme to the IOC. After an evaluation by the Olympic Programme Commission, the IOC Executive Board will make the final decision on the existing events and proposed new events in December 2020.

India has always been a dominant force in Kabaddi, which is part of the Asian Games.

Seven-time champions Indian men’s team claimed a bronze at the Jakarta Asian Games held in Indonesia last year, while the women’s team settled for a silver after being beaten by Iran in the final.

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UP Yoddha aim Kabaddi’s growth through robust grassroots programme

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Greater Noida: UP Yoddha, Uttar Pradesh’s based franchise of the Pro Kabaddi League, is aiming to enhance the sport at the grassroots level on the state through its flagship tournament named the UP Kabaddi league.

The league will guide budding Kabaddi players in several cities of the state. U.P. Kabaddi League is in its second season with 35 men’s teams and 8 women’s team from all over the state.

Speaking exclusively to Sports Lounge, Col Vinod Bisht, CEO GMR League Games said that “Our franchise is aiming to encourage sporting talent and stimulate the indigenous game in the region.

“In the last few years, we have unearthed a few talented youngsters like Nitesh Kumar, Sumit and Surender Gill from the state and we believe there is no dearth of talent in India’s largest and most populous state. Our’s is a constant endeavour to keep unearthing more and more local talent, giving the youth a viable career option, ” he said.

UP Yoddha team was speaking to the media in Greater Noida on Thursday before the commencement of their home leg. The team is just one win away from third consecutive playoff spot and expressed confidence in sealing a third consecutive PKL playoffs spot, with their home leg getting underway from Saturday.

Skipper Nitesh Kumar said, “We just want to play as a unit and ensure that we win each match. We have found the right combination and we just want to play our natural and fearless game and first ensure a playoff qualification for ourselves.”

UP Yoddha are currently placed sixth in the table with 58 points from 18 matches with 10 wins, 6 losses and 2 draws.

Head coach Jasveer Singh stated, “We are taking the home leg as any other normal leg. Though, we have to play more games than what we play when on the road, I believe the local support from our fans will help us immensely.

“We have a very clear-cut approach; we want to go there with just one thing in our mind and that is to win. We want to back our strengths and stick to the game plan.”

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