The  Kabaddi World Cup 2016 is underway and has been quite a success thus far. The sport, Kabaddi, has been immensely popular here in India and now is looking to gain foothold internationally. The event, which started from October 7, is organised by International Kabaddi Federation (IKF). Total of 12 teams are taking part in the tournament. The teams have been divided into two groups of six teams each. India, Bangladesh, South Korea, Australia, England and Argentina are in Group A while Iran, Thailand, Japan, USA, Poland and Kenya are placed in Group B. India are looking at quite a sporting extravaganza with the Kabaddi World Cup upon us. Hopefully it will set the pulses racing. India are one country that has done their best to promote Kabaddi and no doubt are the favourites to lift the World Cup.

The Kabaddi World Cup will be played in a standard style and the tournament will have a round-robin format. Top two teams from each group will advance to semifinals. The final will be played on October 22. All the matches will be held at The Arena by TransStadia in Ahmadabad, Gujarat. The venue is the newly developed state-of-the-art multi-purpose stadium.

Last week, September 14, the tournament schedule and the logo was unveiled by Honble Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Vijay Goel. The logo is said to be derived from the natural heritage of Gujarat, the Asiatic Lion, which symbolises the ferocity of a Kabaddi defender and the agility of a raider. Also Read- 2016 Kabaddi World Cup: Participating nations, stats and other details

Here is the complete schedule of Kabaddi World Cup Schedule 2016 – 

Match No.DateTime (IST)Teams
107 OCT20:00IND vs KOR
207 OCT21:00USA vs IRN
308 OCT19:00ENG vs BAN
408 OCT20:00POL vs KEN
508 OCT21:00IND vs AUS
609 OCT19:00KOR vs ARG
709 OCT20:00USA vs JPN
809 OCT21:00THA vs IRN
910 OCT20:00ENG vs AUS
1010 OCT21:00THA vs POL
1111 OCT20:00IRN vs KEN
1211 OCT21:00IND vs BAN
1312 OCT20:00POL vs JPN
1412 OCT21:00AUS vs ARG
1513 OCT20:00THA vs KEN
1613 OCT21:00BAN vs KOR
1714 OCT20:00ENG vs ARG
1814 OCT21:00USA vs POL
1915 OCT19:00KOR vs AUS
2015 OCT20:00IRN vs JPN
2115 OCT21:00IND vs ARG
2216 OCT19:00THA vs the USA
2316 OCT20:00KOR vs ENG
2416 OCT21:00JPN vs KEN
2517 OCT20:00POL vs IRN
2617 OCT21:00AUS vs BAN
2718 OCT20:00USA vs KEN
2818 OCT21:00IND vs ENG
2919 OCT20:00BAN vs ARG
3019 OCT21:00THA vs JPN

Semi-Finals & Final

Semi Final 121 OCT20:00TBD vs TBD
Semi Final 221 OCT20:00TBD vs TBD
Final22 OCT20:00TBD vs TBD

Just like Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) Star Sports has the official broadcast rights and will air the Kabaddi World Cup 2016 matches live. Star Sport will also provide free streaming of Kabaddi World Cup 2016 on its official website and Hot Star App. The matches will mostly start at 8 PM and 9 PM as per Indian Standard Time (IST), some games will start at 7 PM as well.

With Kabaddi gaining immense popularity in India, the sport’s World Cup is expected to garner much more attention. In the final of 2014 World Cup, India defeated archrivals Pakistan to win the gold medal. India has not only hosted all the seven preceding editions of the Kabaddi World Cup, but also won them as well.

The inaugural Kabaddi World Cup was played in 2004. After a gap of three years the second edition took place in 2007 and third in 2010. The Kabaddi World Cup became an annual event from 2011 onwards. The 2015 version of the World Cup was cancelled due to unrest in Punjab.