World Cup Kabaddi News Media Launch of World Cup Kabaddi

Media Launch of World Cup Kabaddi

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Eighteen countries have confirmed their participation at the World Cup Kabaddi to be held in Phnom Penh from August 20-25.

The tournament being held under the auspices of World Kabaddi, the international governing body of the sport.  This will be the second edition of the World Cup, following the inaugural event held in Melaka, Malaysia in 2019.

Hosts Cambodia will make their debut with the team being set-up with the support from the Ministry of Interior Sports Council.

Powerhouses and defending champions India will once again start off as the firm favourite to bag both the men’s and women’s titles. The strong Indian teams beat Iraq and Chinese Taipei respectively for the men’s and women’s crown in 2019.

Also in the fray this time is India’s arch-rivals Pakistan, who will be looking to upstage their rivals for the first time in a global competition. 

Apart from the hosts and the duo of Indian sub-continent giants, Australia, Afghanistan, Algeria, Canada, Cameroon, Egypt, England, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Scotland, Tanzania, Tunisia and Uganda have submitted their entries till date.

The official media launch of the World Cup was officiated by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior Sports Council H.E. Pol. Lt. Gen. Yith Phireak at the Oakwood Hotel Ballroom in Phnom Penh earlier today.

Speaking at the launch, World Kabaddi secretary S.T. Arasu said that hosting the World Cup in Phnom Penh is a step forward to further promote and develop the sport of kabaddi.

“Kabaddi may have started in India, but it is now played in at least 60 countries around the world. We will see some of the best players from around the world in action at the World Cup in Phnom Penh. This is going to be an extraordinary event that would not only position the sport as a one of the fastest growing sport in the world, but will also as an important sports tourism event in Cambodia,” said Arasu.

The World Cup Kabaddi is one of the few global events that have both the men and women competitions being conducted at the same time.

“We have always looked into gender equality and in fact our theme for this year is Kabaddi: Created by Men, Perfected by Women,” said Arasu.

He added that discussions to broadcast the World Cup Kabaddi live in Cambodia and overseas are at its final stages and announcement on the broadcasters would be made soon.

A brand new theme song for the World Cup Kabaddi is also in the works and would be officially launched in June while the Official Draw ceremony would be held in July.

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