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2016 Kabaddi World Cup sets off with a bang at The Arena

07 October 2016

It was a spectacular show of lights, music and synchronised dancing in Ahmedabad with many performers opening the grandest kabaddi extravaganza ever seen. Broadcast live on the Star network and hotstar, the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup opening ceremony was witnessed by millions across the globe and enjoyed by a packed, raucous audience in-venue. 

The glittering event was graced by the likes of Indian boxer and Olympic medallist, MC Mary Kom and Bollywood actors Abhishek Bachchan, Suniel Shetty and Sushant Singh. Bachchan, in fact, has a deep connection to kabaddi as he is the owner of Jaipur Pink Panthers in the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi.

A host of athletic and graceful dancers put on a grand performance that culminated in the trophy being presented in all its glory. The team captains of the 12 representing nations were introduced to the viewers chronologically followed by Anup Kumar, India’s star kabaddi player and the current captain, bringing up the tail. They were welcomed with gusto by the fans and officials amidst the festive atmosphere. 

Post introductions, the International Kabaddi Federation president Janardhan Singh Gehlot interacted with all the captains wishing them good luck for the tournament. 

Vijay Rupani, the honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat, commenced the welcome note where he emphasised on kabaddi being India’s gift to the world. “Kabaddi is a sport that brings communities together. It fosters unity and togetherness. Here’s wishing luck to all countries participating,” he said while addressing the cheering crowd. 

With the tournament declared open, the Indian and Korean teams made way to the mat for the much anticipated action. While it was expected that India would have vociferous home support, it was heartening to see fans root for the Koreans as well. This beautiful friendly gesture marked the start of an exciting fortnight for kabaddi lovers everywhere – a true symbol of India’s hospitality and kabaddi culture!