KARACHI: Strawberry Sports Management is bringing International League of Circle Style Kabaddi in Pakistan early next year, most likely in February 2019.
This is the style of Kabaddi extremely popular in rural areas of Pakistan and across the world, especially with the Punjabi diaspora.
The company, which conducted the Super Kabaddi League (SKL) earlier this year, stated that the league will spread over a span of ten years and will have teams on the basis of city/region with top players from Pakistan and all over the world.
In a press release, the company stated that the players will be selected on the bases of their fitness, performance and experience as a player.
“PKF will be the exclusive technical collaborator for the league,” read the statement.
Talking to media, Strawberry Sports Management’s Haider Ali Daud said that circle style Kabbadi is immensely popular across the world and Pakistan is its epicentre.
“We are committed to promote Pakistan’s indigenous sport and take it to all parts of the world,” he added.
Talking about the league, Pakistan’s senior Kabbadi player Musharraf Janjua said that such leagues and tournaments must be conducted in Pakistan because they are essential for the promotion of the sport.
“These kinds of tournaments have been held in India for quite some time and it has given immense benefit to Indian Kabbadi,” Janjua added.
Obaidullah, another senior Kabbadi player, said that he has been playing this game since his childhood mainly because his elder brother was a player.
“I have received complete support from my family in this regard.”
Pakistan Kabbadi team captain Irfan Mana Jutt appreciated the step and said that such events should be held regularly in Pakistan.
“India have been conducting such tournaments and we wanted this to happen in here for some time now,” the captain said, adding that this will definitely benefit the sport immensely.