Thursday, 1 April, 2010

India meet USA in World Cup Kabaddi Punjab-2010 opener at Patiala

India meet USA in
World Cup Kabaddi
Punjab-2010 opener at Patiala
By Balbir Singh

Last-minute withdrawal by Norway leaves nine nations in frayCHANDIGARH: With the last-minute withdrawal of Norway, nine team will now compete for the Prize Money Pearls World Cup Kabaddi Punjab-2010 being hosted by the Punjab Government at different venues of the state from April 3 to 12. A fabulous prize money of Rs 2.2 crore is a stake in the 11-day sports meet.
Announcing the draw, Organising Secretary Pargat Singh said that the teams have been divided into two pools. Hosts India have been placed in Pool A while their traditional rivals Pakistan are in Pool B.
United States of America, Australia, Italy and Iran are in Pool A along with India. Canada, United Kingdom and Spain are in Pool B along with Pakistan.
Pargat Singh said that the opening ceremony will be held at the Yadvindra Public School in Patiala on April 3 from 6 to 10 p.m. India have been drawn to meet United States of America in the inaugural match on the opening day. Deputy Chief Minister, who is also chairman of the organising committee and also holds the sports portfolio, will inaugurate the WCKP2010 amidst a riot of colours at the YPS Stadium in Patiala.
Pargat Singh said that on the opening day only one match will be played. Three mathces will be conducted daily during the league phase of the tournament. Two top teams from each pool will qualify for semi-finals which will be played at the Sports Stadium in Bathinda on April 10. Classification matches for the third and fourth places and final will be played at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on April 12.
Meanwhile, the organising committee, under the chairmanship of Secretary Sports PS Aujla, reviewed the arrangements for the mega event as the teams would be arrive tomorrow. The Pakistan team will be received at the Wagha Border in Amritsar.
The Punjab Sports Department has deputed liasion officers and they are camping in Delhi to receive the foreign teams and escort them to Ludhiana while the Indian team is undergoing training in Ludhiana. The winning team will receive a cash award of Rs one crore besides a glittering rolling trophy. Runners-up will take Rs 51 lakh and third place winners Rs 21 lakh.
The fourth position will be worth Rs 10 lakh. Besides, individual awards (tractors) and other prizes will also be given among the winners. Each team will also get a sum of Rs 5 lakh as appearance money.
Groupings: Pool A: India, USA, Australia, Italy and Iran.Pool B: Pakistan, Canada, UK and Spain.
April 3: India vs USA (9.40 p.m.) at YPS Patiala.April 4: Iran vs Italy (2.50 p.m.), Paksitan vs Canada (4 p.m.), United Kingdom vs Spain (5 p.m.) at War Heroes Stadium, Sangrur.April 5: Canada vs Spain (2.50 p.m.), USA vs Australia (4.05 p.m.), India vs Italy (5.05 p.m.) at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium, Jalandhar.April 6: USA vs Iran (2.50 p.m.), Pakistan vs Spain (4.05 p.m), India vs Australia (5.05 p.m) at Outdoor Stadium HoshiarpurAptil 7: Italy vs Australia (2.50 p.m.), Iran vs India (4.05 p.m), UK vs Canada (5.05 p.m.) at Government College Stadium Gurdaspur.April 8: Iran vs Australia (2.50 p.m), USA vs Italy (4.05 p,m) and Pakistan vs UK (5.05 p.m) at Guru Nanak Stadium Amritsar.April 9: Rest Day.April 10: Semi-finals: Winners of Pool A vs runners-up of Pool B (3.05 p.m), Winners of Pool B vs Runners-up of Pool A (4.35 p.m.) at Sports Stadium Bhatinda.April 11: Rest Day.April 12: Match for 3rd and 4th places (5.30 p.m.) and final (7.30 p.m.) at Guru Nanak Stadium Ludhiana.

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