The 69th Men’s Senior National Kabaddi Championship 2022 will start on July 21 and run till July 24 at Charkhi Dadri, Haryana.
The tournament, organised by the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI), is one of the most important events in India for kabaddi, and it is a perfect platform for all kabaddi players to showcase their talent and attract the national selectors’ attention.
The Men’s Senior National Kabaddi Championship 2022 will see some top stars from Pro Kabaddi in action throughout the tournament. Besides them, domestic players will hope to showcase their credentials on the mat as they target Pro Kabaddi franchises to sign them for PKL Season 9.
“The Men’s Senior National Kabaddi Championship is a very important tournament for us, as it’s the competition where we have an opportunity to excel and stay in the minds of the Pro Kabaddi scouts,” said Bengaluru Bulls star Pawan Sehrawat.
“A good performance in the senior nationals can help players better their position in Pro Kabaddi, which will help them to propel their careers further,” he added.
Another Pro Kabaddi star player Naveen Kumar, from Dabang Delhi, asserted how vital the 69th Men’s Senior National Kabaddi Championship 2022 is for him to keep fit. “I am really looking forward to the Nationals as it’s one of the biggest competitions for us,” Naveen Kumar said.
“I have been training very hard for it and I hope to enthral the kabaddi fans. Pro Kabaddi Season 8 really helped us in training and getting back in action,” he added.
The Indian Railways enter the 69th Men’s Senior National Kabaddi Championship 2022 as the defending champions. They took down the Services team 44-23 in the final of the last Men’s Senior National Kabaddi Championship in 2021, held in Uttar Pradesh.
The competition will have a total of 60 matches. The initial 45 games will be a round-robin phase, with each team facing the other sides in their pool once.
The top two teams from each pool (A - H) will qualify for the knockout stage, where the eight winning sides will move into the quarter-finals.
The semi-finals and finals of the 69th Men’s Senior National Kabaddi Championship 2022 are likely to be held on Sunday, July 24.
69th Men’s Senior National Kabaddi Championship 2022: Teams and groups
Pool A: Indian Railway, Bihar, Orissa
Pool B: Services, Delhi, Assam, Pondecherry
Pool C: Rajasthan, Goa, Manipur, Vidarbha
Pool D: Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Tripura, Gujarat
Pool E: Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand
Pool F: Karnataka, Haryana, BSNL, West Bengal
Pool G: Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana
Pool H: Chandigarh, Uttranchal, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab
69th Men’s Senior National Kabaddi Championship 2022 schedule and live match times
All matches are in Indian Standard Time (IST)
Thursday, July 21: Matches start at 2.00 PM
Haryana vs BSNL (Pool F)
Indian Railway vs Orissa (Pool A)
Services vs Assam (Pool B)
Rajasthan vs Manipur (Pool C)
Maharashtra vs Tripura (Pool D)
Himachal Pradesh vs Jammu And Kashmir (Pool F)
Uttar Pradesh vs Madhya Pradesh (Pool H)
Chandigarh vs Andhra Pradesh (Pool G)
Delhi vs Pondicherry (Pool B)
Goa vs Vidarbha (Pool C)
Friday, July 22: Matches start at 8.00 AM
Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat (Pool D)
Kerala vs Jharkhand (Pool E)
Karnataka vs BSNL (Pool F)
Chhattisgarh vs Telangana (Pool H)
Uttranchal vs Punjab (Pool G)
Bihar vs Orissa (Pool A)
Services vs Pondicherry (Pool B)
Rajasthan vs Vidarbha (Pool C)
Maharashtra vs Gujarat (Pool D)
Himachal Pradesh vs Jharkhand (Pool E)
Friday, July 22: Matches start at 3.00 PM
Karnataka vs West Bengal (Pool H)
Uttar Pradesh vs Telangana (Pool G)
Chandigarh vs Punjab (Pool H)
Delhi vs Assam (Pool B)
Goa vs Manipur (Pool C)
Tamil Nadu vs Tripura (Pool D)
Kerala vs Jammu and Kashmir (Pool E)
Haryana vs West Bengal (Pool F)
Chhattisgarh vs Madhya Pradesh (Pool G)
Uttranchal vs Andhra Pradesh (Pool H)
Indian Railway vs Bihar (Pool A)
Manipur vs Vidarbha (Pool C)
Rajasthan vs Goa (Pool C)
Himachal Pradesh vs Kerala (Pool E)
Saturday, July 23: Matches start at 8.00 AM
BSNL vs West Bengal (Pool F)
Madhya Pradesh vs Telangana (Pool G)
Andhra Pradesh vs Punjab (Pool H)
Assam vs Pondicherry (Pool B)
Services vs Delhi (Pool B)
Tripura vs Gujarat (Pool D)
Maharashtra vs Tamil Nadu (Pool D)
Jammu and Kashmir vs Jharkhand (Pool E)
Karnataka vs Haryana (Pool F)
Uttar Pradesh vs Chhattisgarh (Pool G)
Chandigarh vs Uttranchal (Pool H)
69th Men’s Senior National Kabaddi Championship 2022 Knockouts schedule
Round of 16
Winner of Pool A vs Runner-up of Pool H
Winner of Pool E vs Runner-up of Pool D
Runner-up of Pool B vs Winner of Pool G
Runner-up of Pool F vs Winner of Pool C
Winner of Pool B vs Runner-up of Pool G
Winner of Pool F vs Runner-up of Pool C
Runner-up of Pool A vs Winner of Pool H
Runner-up of Pool E vs Winner of Pool D
Winner of R16 match 1 vs Winner of R16 match 2
Winner of R16 match 3 vs Winner of R16 match 4
Winner of R16 match 5 vs Winner of R16 match 6
Winner of R16 match 7 vs Winner of R16 match 8
Winner of QF 1 vs Winner of QF 2
Winner of QF 3 vs Winner of QF 4
Senior National Kabaddi Final 2022
Winner of SF 1 vs Winner of SF 2
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