World Kabaddi League

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World Kabaddi League
Sport Kabaddi
Founded 2014
Inaugural season 2014
President Sukhbir Singh Badal
Commissioner Pargat Singh
No. of teams 8
Country  India
 United States
 Canada
 United Kingdom
 Pakistan
TV partner(s)

Sony SIX (India)

PTC Punjabi (International)
Sponsor(s) Li Ning (company)
Official website www.worldkabaddi.in

The World Kabaddi League (WKL) is a professional Circle style Kabaddi League in India, United States, Canada, Pakistan and the United Kingdom. It is the first worldwide circle style kabaddi league.

League organization[edit]

There will be 8 international teams that will play in 14 cities throughout 4 different countries. The World Kabaddi League will feature 144 international players with over ₹15 crore in players' salaries. The regular season will be four months long then an elimination tournament will take place in Mohali, Punjab, India for the top four teams to determine a champion. This is the first season World Kabaddi League, 2014 World Kabaddi League.

Teams[edit]

Club Name Country Host City Owner
Khalsa Warriors  United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom Akshay Kumar [1]
Yo Yo Tigers  Canada Toronto, Canada Honey Singh [2]
Vancouver Lions  Canada Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada Gurjit Singh Purewal
Punjab Thunder  Canada Surrey, British Columbia, Canada Thind Properties and Rajat Bedi
Lahore Lions  Pakistan Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan Government of Punjab, Pakistan
United Singhs  United Kingdom Birmingham, England, United Kingdom Sonakshi Sinha [3]
California Eagles  United States Stockton, California, United States Tut Group
Royal Kings  United States Sacramento, California, United States Thiara Company

Schedule[edit]

WKL Kabaddi Matches[4][5] Date 2014 Vancouver Time(PST) Indian Standard Time (IST)
California Eagles Vs. Royal Kings USA & Khalsa Warrios Vs. Yo Yo Tigers August 9, 2014 4:30 am 5:00 pm
Vancouver Lions Vs. Lahore Lions & United Singhs Vs. Punjab Thunder August 10, 2014 4:30 am 5:00 pm
Royal Kings USA Vs. Lahore Badshahs & Vancouver Lions Vs. Yo Yo Tigers August 16, 2014 6:00 am 6:30 pm
California Eagles Vs. Punjab Thunder & Khalsa Warrios Vs. United Singh August 17, 2014 6:00 am 6:30 pm
California Eagles Vs. Punjab Thunder & Khalsa Warrios Vs. United Singhs August 23, 2014 6:30 am 7:00 pm
California Eagles Vs. United Singhs & Lahore Badshahs Vs. Punjab Thunder August 24, 2014 6:30 am 7:00 pm
Royal Kings USA Vs. Yo Yo Tigers & Khalsa Warrios Vs. Vancouver Lions August 30, 2014 6:30 am 7:00 pm
Khalsa Warrios Vs. Lahore Badshahs & Punjab Thunder Vs. Royal Kings USA August 31, 2014 6:30 am 7:00 pm

Playing technique (style)[edit]

The game goes thus*: Two teams of seven players face each other in a circle and take turns sending a "raider" into the other team. To win a point, the raider must take a breath, run into the opposing half, tag one member of the opposite team, then return to his home . The raider will have 30 seconds only for touch the opponents and come back to his home. The game is played with 20-minute halves and a five-minute half-time break during which the teams exchange sides

Venues[edit]

The following are venues of World Kabaddi League.[6]

City Country Venue Image
Abbotsford  Canada Abbotsford Arena
Amritsar  India GNDU Hockey Stadium
Birmingham  United Kingdom LG Arena
Bathinda  India Bhatinda Hockey Stadium
Delhi  India Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium
London  United Kingdom The O2 Arena [7]
Lahore  Pakistan Punjab Stadium
Jalandhar  India Burlton Park Hockey Stadium
Ludhiana  India Hockey Ground, Punjab Agricultural University
Mohali  India International Hockey Stadium
New York City  United States Nassau Coliseum
Sacramento  United States Sleep Train Arena
Stockton  United States SMG Stockton Arena
Hamilton  Canada FirstOntario Centre
Vancouver  Canada

Sponsorships[edit]

Sonakshi Sinha promoting WKL

WAVE Group Title Sponsor for World Kabaddi League 2014

Sonalika International Official Partner for World Kabaddi League 2014

Li Ning (company) signed on to be the Leagues clothing partner.

Television broadcasters[edit]

Sony SIX has signed on to broadcast the league in India. PTC Punjabi has signed on to broadcast the league around the world.

Nation/Territory Broadcaster
 India Sony SIX
 United States of America PTC Punjabi
 United Kingdom PTC Punjabi
 Canada PTC Punjabi
 Australia PTC Punjabi
 Pakistan Geo Super

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