World Cup Kabaddi News China to make debut

China to make debut

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China will make their debut at the World Cup Kabaddi in Phnom Penh from August 20-25. It is in fact China’s first appearance in a major international competition in more than three decades.

The last time a Chinese team participated in a recognised international competition was in 1990, where kabaddi made its debut at the Beijing Asian Games.

The Chinese team had finished fourth in the six-team round robin competition in Beijing. Their only victory at the Games was a 34-17 win over Nepal.

Despite hosting the Asian Games four times since, the latest in Hangzhou last October, China did not send any teams to the Asian Games or any other major internationals since 1990.

China kabaddi officials attended the 2019 World Cup held in Melaka as observers and their entry for the World Cup this year augurs well for the sport.

“China’s participation at the World Cup exemplifies the continued growth of the sport under the auspices of World Kabaddi,” said S.T. Arasu, the secretary general of World Kabaddi.

With both China and powerhouses India confirming their participation, it translates to the sport being accessible to a combined figure of more than a third of the world’s 8 billion population.

“Kabaddi is a game that is easy to play and needs absolutely no equipment. It is a contact sport that is both challenging for the players and equally attractive for the spectators,” added Arasu.

The World Cup Kabaddi, which also see the Cambodian national teams participating, now has 20 confirmed teams. While the final number of teams can only be confirmed when the Entry by Name closes on July, the tournament is already shaping up to be a major milestone for the sport.

Teams from all five continents will be featured in the prestigious tournament including the likes Australia, Canada, Kenya, England and Pakistan.

The World Cup Kabaddi will feature both the men and women team categories and will also offer individual awards for Best Player, Best Raider, Best Defensive Player as well as a Fairplay Trophy.

Close to 400 foreign athletes and officials are expected to converge in Phnom Penh for the global competition. This is not inclusive of the expected foreign supporters, who are also expected to make the trip to Cambodia.

“It is the hope of the organisers to also position this event as a key sports tourism event for the Kingdom,” said Arasu.

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