Go Team Australia!
The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup is set to kick off on 7 October 2016 with India facing South Korea in the opening fixture. India will be keen on defending the title that they last won in 2007 against Iran.
The tournament will be played in a round robin format following which there will be semi finals and a final. The 12 participating teams have been divided into two pools. Pool A consists of India, Bangladesh, South Korea, England, Australia and Argentina. Pool B includes Iran, USA, Kenya, Poland, Japan and Thailand. The teams initially play in a round robin format. The top two teams in each pool will proceed to play a knockout semi finals which will be followed by a final that will decide the champion.
The match is decided on the basis of the number of points a team can gain during ‘Raids’. A Raider enters the opposition half of the court which in the beginning will have seven players or defenders. A point is won when the raider initiates a touch on one or more of the defenders, with every touch being counted as a point. The raider can also gain points for the team by making it to the bonus line.
The defenders gain points when they don’t allow the raider to get back to his half. In this event the raider is declared out and any defender who may have been out before is reinstated. In case all members of a team are out, the opposition is awarded two points to the opposition and all seven players of the team are brought back into the match. Each raid lasts for 30 seconds during which the raider has to chant ‘Kabaddi Kabaddi,’ which is one of the most recognisable aspects of the game.
All the matches will be played in Ahmedabad. India will be looking to continue its domination in the sport.
Saturday, October 8, 21:00 hrs IST: India vs Australia
Monday, October 10, 20:00 hrs IST: England vs Australia
Wednesday, October 12, 21:00 hrs IST: Australia vs Argentina
Saturday, October 15, 19:00 hrs IST: South Korea vs Australia
Monday, October 17, 21:00 hrs IST: Australia vs Bangladesh
Friday, October 21, 20:00 hrs IST: TBA vs TBA
Friday, October 21, 21:00 hrs IST: TBA vs TBA
Saturday, October 22, 21:00 hrs IST: TBA vs TBA