kabaddi Globalism The World Kabaddi Federation (WKF) announced on Friday that the trophy will be coming out of Asia for the first time as the UK’s West Midlands region hosts the 2025 edition of the competition.
The UK region will host the sport’s most prestigious global tournament featuring the world’s best kabaddi players from the leading men’s and women’s teams, including India, Iran and Pakistan. The tournament will take place across the West Midlands during the first quarter of 2025.
The news was revealed as part of a West Midlands company’s trade assignment to India (6-12 November), led by Borough Mayor Andy Street and Portfolio Head for Economics and Innovation at the West Midlands Joint Authority, Cllr Ian Brookfield. The week-long mission will create opportunities for bilateral trade and investment between India, the West Midlands and the wider UK.
The 2025 Kabaddi World Cup will be the first edition after the 2020 edition that cannot be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All previous three editions have been held in India with the promoted hosts in all three editions.
Kabaddi is the fastest growing sport in South Asia and is a medal sport in the Asian Games.
Originating in India some 5,000 years ago, the contact sport sees teams divided into raiders and blockers, with the objective of scoring points by entering the opponent’s territory, tagging the opponent and bringing them back to their own half without being tackled to the ground. The game is now being played in more than 50 countries, having grown in stature as a major sport, the World Kabaddi Federation said in a statement.
The 2025 Kabaddi World Cup will be organized by England Kabaddi, Scottish Kabaddi and British Kabaddi League. The West Midlands Growth Company (WMGC), the official economic development agency for the region, will support and support the event to ensure its impact is felt across the West Midlands and the UK.
The West Midlands region was in the news earlier this year as Birmingham hosted the Commonwealth Games.
Ashok Das, President, World Kabaddi Federation and England Kabaddi, said: “Awarding the 2025 World Cup Kabaddi to the West Midlands in the UK was a straightforward decision and a very exciting milestone in the global growth and expansion of the sport across Europe.
“Kabaddi is a sport for everyone, regardless of age, gender or social background. As we saw with the launch of the British Kabaddi League earlier this year, and the energy and ambition shown during the highly successful Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the West Midlands is an area that fosters community engagement Positive, celebrates cultural diversity and inclusion, and loves her sport.
“We look forward to engaging with businesses and individuals across the West Midlands and introducing even more new fans to our fast-paced and entertaining sport as we create a memorable first World Cup outside of Asia.”
The Kabaddi World Cup will provide another opportunity to build business and commercial links between the West Midlands, the UK and India, complementing WMGC’s work with the award-winning West Midlands India partnership. Tournament plans include a Business and the Trade Event, showcasing the best of Indian companies in the West Midlands.
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