Kabaddi World Cup 2016: Everything you need to know

Kabaddi World Cup 2016 will be played in a round robin format following which there will be semi finals and a final.

Written by Rohit Mundayur | New Delhi | Updated: September 29, 2016 10:44 am
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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.

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Fixtures

Friday, October 7, 20:00 hrs IST: India vs South Korea

Friday, October 7, 21:00 hrs IST: USA vs Iran

Saturday, October 8, 19:00 hrs IST: England vs Bangladesh

Saturday, October 8, 20:00 hrs IST: Poland vs Kenya

Saturday, October 8, 21:00 hrs IST: India vs Australia

Sunday, October 9, 19:00 hrs IST: Argentina vs South Korea

Sunday, October 9, 20:00 hrs IST: United States vs Japan

Sunday, October 9, 21:00 hrs IST: Iran vs Thailand

Monday, October 10, 20:00 hrs IST: England vs Australia

Monday, October 10, 21:00 IST hrs IST: Poland vs Thailand

Tuesday, October 11, 20:00 hrs IST: Iran vs Kenya

Tuesday, October 11, 21:00 hrs IST: India vs Bangladesh

Wednesday, October 12, 21:00 hrs IST: Australia vs Argentina

Thursday, October 13, 20:00 hrs IST: Thailand vs Kenya

Thursday, October 13, 21:00 hrs IST: Bangladesh vs South Korea

Friday, October 14, 20:00 hrs IST: England vs Argentina

Friday, October 14, 21:00 hrs IST: United States vs Poland

Saturday, October 15, 19:00 hrs IST: South Korea vs Australia

Saturday, October 15, 20:00 hrs IST: Japan vs Iran

Saturday, October 15, 21:00 hrs IST: India vs Argentina

Sunday, October 16, 19:00 hrs IST: Thailand vs United States

Sunday, October 16, 20:00 hrs IST: South Korea vs England

Sunday, October 16, 21:00 hrs IST: Japan vs Kenya

Monday, October 17, 20:00 hrs IST: Poland vs Iran

Monday, October 17, 21:00 hrs IST: Australia vs Bangladesh

Tuesday, October 18, 20:00 hrs IST: United States vs Kenya

Tuesday, October 18, 21:00 hrs IST: India vs England

Wednesday, October 19, 20:00 hrs IST: Bangladesh vs Argentina

Wednesday, October 19, 21:00 hrs IST: Thailand vs Japan

Semifinals:
Friday, October 21, 20:00 hrs IST: TBA vs TBA

Friday, October 21, 21:00 hrs IST: TBA vs TBA

Final:
Saturday, October 22, 21:00 hrs IST: TBA vs TBA

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