There was a lot of excitement built for the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup to be held in Ahmedabad in India in 2016. The Kabaddi World Cup was returning after a gap of 9 long years and the opening match pipped favourites India against minnows South Korea. In what would turn out to be one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport, South Korea would end up upsetting 34-32 in the opening match in Ahmedabad.
It was a disjointed performance by the Indian side, who perhaps, took the South Koreans a little bit too lightly. Even in their wildest moments, they wouldn’t have imagined losing to such an unfancied side such as South Korea, on what should have been their occasion.
South Korea to their credit never for a minute thought that they were inferior in quality to the Indians and staged one of the most talked about the victory, in Kabaddi history.
It showed how much the sport had grown throughout the world and how others were catching up to the dominance of the Indian team. The South Koreans had managed to do the unthinkable and stun the whole world.
It all worked out well for Team India in the end, though, as this defeat woke them out of their slumber and they managed to stage a comeback from this disappointment and lift the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup.