South Point World School from Sonepat were the proud winners of the inaugural KBD Juniors Nationals as they edged Jeppiaar School 34-31 in the final after a close battle at the DOME@NSCI SVP Stadium in Mumbai. Pulkesh Bhardwaj was the hero for their side as he scored 51 raid points in the 4 matches he played, including a massive 20-point effort to seal the victory in the final. The top defender was also from South Point World School: Dipanshu Bhardwaj who scored 11 tackle points from his 4 matches.

The event began with the KBD Juniors champions from 12 cities being divided into two zones, similar to the current format of VIVO Pro Kabaddi. The zones were further divided into 2 groups each with 3 teams in every group fighting it out in a round-robin format. South Point World School emerged victors from Zone A while Jeppiaar School topped Zone B to set up an exciting contest in the final.

Zone A

Zone B

Dr. BabasahebAmbedkar Municipal School, Mumbai

Jeppiaar School, Chennai

J. P. Trust’s Vidya Niketan English Medium School,Pune

Centre Point School, Nagpur

Rachana School,Ahmedabad

AMS P Obul Reddy School, Hyderabad

South Point World School, Sonepat

DAV Public School, Ranchi

Alpha International Academy, Jaipur

Lucknow Public School, Lucknow

Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, Delhi

DPS, Mega City, Kolkata


After the phenomenal success of VIVO Pro Kabaddi over the course of the five seasons played so far, KBD Juniors is another pioneering initiative by Star Sports and Mashal Sports to make the sport of Kabaddi more accessible and aspirational for the youth of the country. A large number of schools participated in the event, which was held in every host city before the 12 top teams met for the final battle. Mainly aimed at middle-school students between the ages of 11 and 12 years, KBD Juniors gained wide support as the event was witnessed by many in the stadiums as well as on television screens. The future stars of kabaddi gave it their all and the passion they had for the sport was clearly visible in every game. With some high class kabaddi on display throughout the event, all 12 teams can hold their head high for providing plenty thrill to the audience and keeping them at edge of their seat with end-to-end action.