Kabaddi World Cup
This is an outdoor , international standard style kabaddi competition conducted by the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF), contested by men’s and women’s national teams. The tournament was previously contested in 2004, 2007 and in 2016. All the tournaments have ended with India. India won against Iran by 38-29 in the final of the championship match to claim the title of 2016.
After the creation of a new organization for kabaddi named the World Kabaddi Federation, a 2019 Kabaddi World Cup was held in April 2019 in Malacca, Malaysia. It was the largest world tournament in the history of kabaddi, consisting of 32 men’s teams and 24 women’s teams.
Kabaddi was used as a demo event at the First Asian Games in 1951 as well as in 1982. It was then made a medal event for the first time in the year 1990.
The Indian national team has won every kabaddi women and men’s contest at the Asian Games from 2002 through 2014. In this year’s Asian Games, Iran became the first non-Indian country India to take home gold medals for kabaddi the Indian men’s team taking home bronze and India’s women’s team losing to Iran winning silver.
Pro Kabaddi League
The Pro Kabaddi League was established in 2014. The business model of the league was based on the model of its predecessor, the Indian Premier League of Twenty20 cricket, with a major emphasis on marketing, the support of the local broadcaster Star Sports, and changes to the rules of the sport and its format to make it more appealing to a TV audience. Its Pro Kabaddi League quickly became an instant hit on Indian television. The year 2014 was watched by a minimum of 435 million viewers throughout the duration of the season and the first championship game was watched at least 98.6 millions viewers.
Additional rules are utilized during the Pro Kabaddi League to encourage scoring. When the defensive team has less than three players the tackles earn two points instead of just one. Additionally, if a team has two raids that are empty within a row, the next raider has to score one point or they’ll be expelled and the team in opposition will score one point.