Vijay Goel, Union Sports Minister, Janardan Singh Gehlot, President of International Kabaddi Federation, on 14 September 2016 formally unveiled the logo of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup.
The logo is derived from the natural heritage of Gujarat, the Asiatic Lion, symbolising the ferocity of a Kabaddi defender and the agility of a raider.
The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup will be held at The Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad from 7 October to 22 October 2016.
A total of 12 teams including hosts India will compete for the top honours in the tournament, which has been divided into two groups of six teams each.
The teams will play in a round robin league format, while the semi-finals will be played on 21 October 2016 and the final is slated for 22 October 2016.
The participating countries are: USA, Thailand, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Argentina, Bangladesh, South Korea, Kenya and Japan.
About Kabaddi World Cup
• Kabaddi is a contact sport that originated in Ancient India.
• India always dominated the event by winning all the gold medals in both men's and women's category.
• Kabaddi World Cup was first played in 2004, then in 2007 and then annually from 2010 onwards.
• 2004 and 2007 were played in Standard Style and other years in Circle Style.
• World Cup 2015 was cancelled because of 2015 Guru Granth Sahib desecration controversy.
• Sri Muktsar Sahib in Punjab was the host of the Kabaddi World Cup 2014.
• The winner of the Kabaddi World Cup 2014 was India. New Zealand was the Runner-up. Pakistan stood on the third place.
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