Star Sports Pro Kabaddi, a premier initiative of Mashal Sports, has taken the indigenous Indian sport of Kabaddi to staggering new heights.
Star Sports Pro Kabaddi highlighted the new, modern, international and competitive face of Kabaddi throughout India and many other countries. With millions of viewers watching at home and thousands of supporters jamming the stadia, the league witnessed the emergence of new sporting heroes of India.
The league features 60 games played on specially developed mats, in state of the art indoor stadiums across 37 days in 8 cities. Following the same ‘caravan style’ format like in the first two seasons, the league will be played at each franchise city for a duration of 4 days, where the home team will play 4 of the visiting franchises. All seven visiting franchises will play a set of away games in each city.
Season 3 will see new faces in teams as the franchises purchased new players and also retained some. This season will feature a total of 138 players across 8 teams. The international draft of the third season has received strong response from participating franchises, with 24 players being signed up from 12 countries.
These games will be carried LIVE on prime-time television by the international broadcaster, Star Sports, who played a critical role in showcasing the athletic glory of this high-intensity contact sport.
This watershed sports league is formally backed by the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF), the Asian Kabaddi Federation (AKF) and the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI), who are closely associated with its organization and technical conduct.
Over the years, Kabaddi has progressed from a frequently played and much loved sport, to a skilled team game played in the international world of sport. Star Sports Pro Kabaddi has further advanced the sports’ reputation and reach internationally, by re-packaging and re-vamping the game, thus transforming it to be aspirational and popular.