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India, Pakistan set to lock horns in six-nation Kabaddi Masters in Dubai

Press Trust of India  |  Dubai 

and are set to renew their rivalry in the six-nation Masters which will get underway at the Club here from June 22 to 30.

are clubbed with with new comers in group A, while group B features Iran, Republic of Korea and with top two teams making the semifinals.

will be going up against strong contenders with maestros and Republic of Korea successfully proving their prowess in and

Republic of Korea had beaten India in the 2016 Kabaddi opener, fuelling India's bid for retribution this time.

"Kabaddi Masters 2018 will give us the chance to go up against the best teams and will go all out to gun for the trophy," India said.

"A tournament of this stature does well to bring nations together," kabaddi Federation said.

All eyes would be on nation who are new to the sport and their said: "The introduction of kabaddi to has redefined participation. This will surely be a moment of reckoning for Argentina's kabaddi talent."

The tournament will surely see the emergence of new talents in the meet organised by the in partnership with who will air the matches live in two prime time slots of 8pm and 9pm IST.

IKF said they are looking forward to exploring options for a comprehensive international kabaddi calendar that is active annually, successfully pinning kabaddi across the world map.

"Kabaddi Masters 2018 is our first step in that direction and will elevate the stature of our sport considerably. We are thankful to the Council as well as Star India for their strong role in making this happen," Gehlot said in a release.

In line with the growing multi-sports culture, the nine-day meet supported by will give fans the opportunity to watch the best kabaddi action.

This is the very first time an International kabaddi meet of such a huge scale is organised in Dubai.

"It is our endeavor to successfully become a global destination for both indoor and outdoor sporting spectacles, and this tournament reinforces our commitment in that direction," said.

Dubai is home to many a sporting spectacle including Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup, TTD Super Cup, Tennis Championships, 7s, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Series and many more, celebrating an immense sporting culture.

"I already see a place for kabaddi in the African Games in the near future," Laventer Oguta, Kabaddi Federation who doubles up as the coach, said.

Speaking on the initiative, a Star India said "Kabaddi has always been close to us, given the VIVO Pro We are excited about the Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 and firmly believe it will give greater impetus to the sport in the international arena.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 17:35 IST
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