Mysuru: The first edition of Indo International Premier Kabbadi League will also be played in Mysuru. The event will be held from May 13 to June 4. Among the 44 matches during the league, 17 will be played at Chamundi Vihar Indoor Stadium from May 24 to 29. Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag will be the brand ambassador for the inaugural of Indo International Premier Kabbadi League. Ten percent of the revenue generated in the league will also be given to the family members of Pulwama attack.
M V Prasad Babu, General Secretary, New Kabbadi Federation, said, “The first season of IIPKL from May 13 to June 4, will be held at three different venues, Pune, Mysuru and Bengaluru. A total of 44 games will be played in season one. The league will feature eight teams-Bangalore Rhinos, Chennai Challengers, Telugu Bulls, Pune Pride, Haryana Heroes, Mumbai Che Raje, Diler Delhi and Pondicherry Predators. The eight teams will comprise 160 players including 16 foreign players. All players will get 20 percent share of the revenue generated, besides the assured contracted amount and prize money. All the matches will be telecast between 8 PM and 10 PM in TV channels including DD Sports.” He also mentioned that all the players taking part in the league are insured by respective franchises. The bidding for players is being held in Mysuru at Hotel Southern Star. Twenty percent of the revenue collected in the league will be equally distributed among all the Kabbadi associations in the country.
“At IIPKL, we strongly believe that the league will be a catalyst to unearth the best of Kabbadi talent in the country restoring the proud positioning of this centuries-old sport with homegrown origins. The opening phase of IIPKL will feature 20 matches and will be held at Balewadi Stadium in Pune between May 13 and 21, while 17 games of the second phase will be held at Chamundi Vihar Indoor Stadium from May 24 to 29. The final phase which will be held at Kanteera Stadium in Bengaluru from June 1 to 4, will feature seven matches including the grand finale on June 4”, added Prasad Babu.
Vijay Rajput from Madhya Pradesh who was twice in the national Kabbadi camp, said, “It is a good opportunity for promising Kabbadi players. Those performing very well will have a bright future. These kind of league or tournaments will really give more exposure to the talented Kabbadi players.” Akash Pawar, also from Madhya Pradesh, also opined the same.
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