2016 Kabaddi World Cup

The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, the 3rd standard-style Kabaddi World Cup, was an international kabaddi tournament governed by the International Kabaddi Federation, contested from 7 to 22 October 2016 in Ahmedabad, India. Twelve countries had competed in the tournament.

The tournament was won by India, who defeated Iran 38–29 in the championship game to win their third Kabaddi World Cup.


  • 1 Statistics
  • 2 Participating countries
  • 3 Venue
  • 4 Marketing
    • 4.1 Emblem
  • 5 Broadcasting
  • 6 Group stage
    • 6.1 Group A
    • 6.2 Pool B
  • 7 Knockout stage
    • 7.1 Semi-finals
    • 7.2 Final
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links



1. Ajay Thakur 64 points

2. Khomsan Thongkham 56 points

3. Md Aruduzzaman Munshi 54 points

4. Temi Tope Adewalure 51 points

5. Pardeep Narwal 47 points


1. Surjeet 23 points India

2. Fazel Atrachali 22 points Iran

3. Manjeet Chhillar 22 points India

4. James Odhiamboobi 22 points Kenya

5.Surender Nada 21 points India


1.Best Raider – Ajay Thakur (India)

2.Best Defender – Surjeet (India)

3. Emerging Player – Jang Kun Lee (S Korea)

4.Emerging Team – Kenya

5.Best referee – S.K. Monu (Bangladesh)

Participating countries[edit]

Twelve teams competed in the tournament.[1] Pakistan was originally scheduled to participate in the tournament, but was removed due to increased tensions between India and Pakistan. The International Kabaddi Federation argued that it was “not the right time to engage with Pakistan”. The Pakistani team criticized the move, arguing that it was comparable to holding a FIFA World Cup without Brazil.[2]


The tournament was hosted at The Arena (currently known as The Arena by TransStadia, pending the sale of official naming rights), a newly constructed convertible stadium in Ahmedabad. In its standard configuration, it operates as an outdoor football pitch capable of seating 20,000. The venue utilizes technology licensed from the British firm StadiArena, which allows a portion of the field to be partitioned into a 4,000-seat indoor arena, which is used for the tournament. The venue is a public-private partnership with India’s Department of Tourism[3][4]



The official emblem of the tournament was unveiled on 14 September 2016 by Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel. It incorporates a stylized lion, representing the Asiatic lions of Girnar. The use of a lion symbolizes the “ferocity of a Kabaddi defender and the agility of a raider”, while its striped mane represents the worldwide participation in the tournament.[5][6]


Star Sports served as host broadcaster of the tournament. In a partnership with Voke, all matches were also streamed in 360-degree video with stereoscopic 3D options.[7][8]

Group stage[edit]

Pool points system:

Group A[edit]

     Qualified for semifinals

Pool B[edit]

     Qualified for semifinals

Knockout stage[edit]




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  • External links[edit]

    • Official website
    • Kabaddi World Cup 2016 Everything you need to know

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