The much anticipated World Cup Kabaddi, which was postponed earlier this year due to some technical reasons would now be held from July 20-28, 2019 in Malaysia.
Malaysia Kabaddi Federation (MKF), who are hosting the competition under the auspices of the World Kabaddi, have confirmed the new dates following confirmation by its partners including the television broadcasters.
World Kabaddi secretary and organising committee chairman S.T. Arasu said that the new dates were fixed to ensure that the World Cup Kabaddi gained maximum international television exposure.
“Over the last month, we have been actively engaging our broadcast partners and we can now assure that the World Cup would be broadcast live in more than 50 countries around the world,” said Arasu.
A total of 40 matches are expected to be televised live while the remaining matches would be streamed live on the official website at www.worldcupkabaddi.org.
He added that the change of dates had also allowed the World Kabaddi and MKF to resolve various pending issues that had affected the organisation of the tournament earlier.
More than 35 countries are slated to participate at the World Cup Kabaddi 2019 with teams coming from all five continental bodies.
“We have also received a number of new applications from Asia and Europe participate at the tournament. A decision on this is expected to be made soon,” said Arasu.
He added that should there be any new additions or exclusions, a new draw is expected to be conducted before the start of the tournament.
“We have had tremendous support from all relevant partners as well as members of the World Kabaddi and expect the same level of support from everyone,” said Arasu.
He said that member countries have continued with their training programme and would be much better prepared for the tournament in July.
The volunteer training programme for the World Cup Kabaddi would commence after the ongoing Ramdan fasting month. MKF strategic partners in the volunteer programme are the Malaysia Youth Council (Majlis Gabungan Belia Malaysia, Melaka) and the Malaysian Indian Youth Council, Melaka.
The nine day tournamen would be held in a specially designed arena adjacent to the Temasek Hotel in Melaka.
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