Kabaddi World Cup
The World Kabaddi Cup (KWC) is an international outdoor standard-style kabaddi event that is governed through the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) that is played by both the men’s and women’s national squads. The competition has been previously held in 2004, 2007 and 2016. All the tournaments have taken the title of India. India defeated Iran by 38-29 in the final game of the championship to take the title for the year.
In the wake of the formation of a new kabaddi association known as the World Kabaddi Federation, a 2019 Kabaddi World Cup was held in April 2019 at Malacca, Malaysia. It was the biggest world cup in kabaddi history, comprised of 32 teams for men and 24 women’s teams.
Kabaddi was played as a demonstration event during the First Asian Games in 1951 as well as in 1982, before becoming an Olympic medal event for the first time in 1990.
There was a time when the Indian national team won each kabaddi competition during the Asian Games from 2002 through 2014. In the 2018 Asian Games, Iran became the first non-Indian country India to take home gold medals for kabaddi the Indian men’s team taking home bronze and the women’s team losing to Iran to win silver.