One of the most popular Kabaddi tournament, the Pro Kabaddi league, is likely to take place in the mid-year of 2017 or may get extended. The PKL has gained a lot of recognition in the past four years and it would now sustain a boom after India’s terrific win in the final of the World Cup against Iran.
“A lot of talks have been going on and Pro Kabaddi 5 is going to take place during mid-2017. There is a possibility of the season being longer and more teams could come in as well. Although nothing is concrete in terms of the latter, Pro Kabaddi will not take place during January-February this year. The league is likely to grow in coming years and concrete plans for its expansion are going on,” the source said.
Earlier, India grabbed a scintillating win in October 2016 when they bagged a close 38-29 win against Iran in the finale of the Kabaddi World Cup. The ports Ministry has now rewarded the team with a sum of Rs 10 lakh each as an appreciation for their performance according to an announcement made by Indian Sports Minister Vijay Goel.
This decision from the Sports Minister came after Ajay Thakur lashed out on being ignored.
“The entire team was given Rs. 10 lakh by the Sports Ministry, and that is it. If you divide it yourself, you will realise the amount is nominal. I am not saying that we should be showered with gifts. But sporting achievements regardless of the sport should be celebrated. I’m jubilant that we managed to win the trophy and even happier that the entire country lauded us. But when you see other athletes, such as Olympians and everyone being felicitated, but us getting ignored, it’s a bit demotivating.”