With the debut of the Ultra Kabaddi League, the United Arab Emirates is all set to experience the traditional Indian sport of Kabaddi.
The tournament, which is scheduled to take place at the Al Ahly Youth Club in Al Mamzar in Dubai from June 4 to June 24, will see 112 players from ten different nations form eight teams and play 32 matches.
The Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) has surpassed the IPL T20 competition as India’s most-watched franchise sport due to the sport’s meteoric rise in popularity.
The most recent season of PKL drew more than 200 million viewers, and kabaddi appears poised to take over the United Arab Emirates.
Sporteify organizes the Ultra Kabaddi League with the help of the Dubai Sports Council.
Dubai Sports Council director of sports events Ali Omar stated, ” We are pleased to host this tournament, which is the first of its kind and adds a new and distinct dimension to the diversity Dubai is eager to offer to all social groups. Our annual agenda includes organizing and sponsoring numerous publicly popular international and community sporting events.
“Emirati society isn’t very new in Kabaddi sporting activities. Young people used to play this sport, and older generations were aware of it. The sport has grown a lot in recent years. The Dubai Sports Council wants this tournament to be a success, which helps strengthen partnerships with the private sector to grow this sport.”
One “raider” rushes into the opposing team’s half, tries to tag one or more opponents, and then rushes back into his own half without being tagged, all while saying “kabaddi, kabaddi” in a single breath. Kabaddi is a team-contact sport.
The Dubai Sports Council partnered with the Dubai Kabaddi Masters for the first time in 2018.
Teams from India, Pakistan, Korea, Iran, Argentina, and Kenya participated in the Al Wasl Sports Club tournament.