This is the first time a Kabaddi World Cup will be played outside India.

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The Pakistan Kabaddi Federation recently announced that the country will be hosting the Kabaddi World Cup next year from January 12 to 18 which will be played in a circle style format.

Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain, the chief of the federation, also mentioned that the matches will take place in four cities namely Lahore, Faisalabad, Kartarpur and Nankana Sahib while the final of the esteemed tournament will be played in Lahore. 

In a press conference conducted by the Kabaddi Federation of Pakistan, Chaudhary expressed his sheer happiness on the sport’s growing popularity and the spectacle of the opening of Kartarpur corridor that might improve their overall relations with neighbours India.

This will be the first time that the World Cup will be played outside India with 10 teams participating in the competition. Pakistan, India, Iran, Canada, Australia, United States, Sierra Leone and Kenya have already qualified for the tournament with the fight for the two remaining spots continue.  

Chaudhary has also announced that the winners will be rewarded with a cash prize of one crore rupees and the runner up will be entitled for a cash sum of 75 lakh rupees.  

Feature image courtesy: AFP / Narinder Nanu