This decision was taken in a high level meeting held here today under the Chairmanship of Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. Badal said that the Punjab Government was committed to promote Kabaddi at International level for making a strong plea for its inclusion in Olympic Games.
He said that this 15-day Kabaddi extravaganza would be a memorable treat for Kabaddi lovers as the league matches would be held at different places throughout the state. He said that in men's category 12 teams would be divided in two pools and each continent would have representation in this championship as Kenya's Kabaddi team would represent African continent for the first time.
He said that this championship would be on league-cum knock-out basis and first two teams from each pool would play in the semifinals. He said that the decision on participating teams for women category would be taken later on.
The Deputy Chief Minister categorically said that the state government was committed to ensure dope free tournament and for this purpose dope test would be mandatory for each player.
He said that any player found guilty in dope test would be banned and every participating team has been asked to conduct dope test of its each player before the start of tournament also. PTI VJ