Wolverhampton in race to host Kabaddi World Cup 2024
Wolverhampton will make a bid to host the Kabaddi World Cup in 2024, British Kabaddi chief executive Prem Singh announced on Tuesday.
With a population of around 2,50,000, Wolverhampton is a city located in the West Midlands, England. Should the bid be successful, the Kabaddi World Cup will be held outside India for the first time.
“We're in a strong position because we believe in Wolverhampton," Prem Singh was quoted as saying to insidethegames.
"It would be a huge thing as the audience would be close to 700 or 800 million worldwide. That's more than most major sports so it's a big thing.
"If we can do anything to bring the 2024 Kabaddi World Cup to Wolverhampton, you will see us bend over backwards to make it happen,” Singh added.
The last edition of the Kabaddi World Cup was held in Ahmedabad, India in 2016. Hosts India lifted the trophy.
The Kabaddi World Cup is usually held every four years, however, it was cancelled in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In all, there have been three editions of the Kabaddi World Cup, each hosted in India and won by the home team.
The announcement to bid as hosts came on the sidelines of the launch of the inaugural British Kabaddi League (BKL) in Wolverhampton. The eight-team league will start next month.
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