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All roads lead to Ahmedabad as the world gets ready to raid

01 October 2016

Ahmedabad, Gujarat is all set to play host to the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. Even though India remain the firm favourites to lift the title, the other 11 participating nations in this edition will look at making a strong claim for their own moment of glory. With the likes of Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, England, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Poland, Republic of Korea, Thailand and United States of America in the fray with the home team, the competition seems to be wide open.

Come October 7, and the grand spectacle will be underway with an air of celebration and fans cheering their favourites. The fortnight-long tournament will see the teams battle it out for the ultimate title at The Arena by TransStadia – the venue for all matches, including the big finale on October 22. The teams have started to arrive in the city and some of them have also kicked off their training routines in full swing.

India coach Balwan Singh, of course, is wary of the fierce competition awaiting them. “Our aim is to have a balanced team composition for the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. We are expecting the tournament to be more competitive than ever this year. It will be the biggest challenge that the Indian team has faced in recent times,” he said.

Meanwhile, England coach Ashok Das seemed confident of his boys. "We are dedicated towards the game and we love how we carry ourselves together as a team. The kind of respect and unity within the team is motivating."

Das is well aware of the need to be committed for a common cause and believes his team is also ready for battle. "When we meet to train, everyone shows up leaving all engagements behind. Another factor will be physical fitness and understanding," he added.

Raider Phelix Opana of Kenya, who has represented Bengal Warriors in Star Sports Pro Kabaddi before, is optimistic of his team’s chances at this 2016 Kabaddi World Cup.

"As the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup was drawing near, we started preparing for it early on. People should expect the best out of us this time," he said with enthusiasm.

With all the excitement around, the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup is expected to be a cracking affair with a great mix of players - big names and surprises alike! The depth of quality will be on show and you wouldn’t want to miss out on the action.

Tune in to the Star network from 7th to 22nd October 2016 for live coverage of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. Click here for the complete fixtures.