Colourful start to 2013 Kabaddi World Cup in Punjab (w/ gallery)

A Danish kabaddi player (top) is tackled by his Canadian opponent during the 4th World Cup Kabaddi Punjab 2013 tournament at a stadium in Chohla Sahib (Tarn Taran), about 55 kms from Amritsar on December 2, 2013. NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images

IANS

Punjab — The fourth edition of the more than $3 million sporting extravaganza, World Kabaddi Cup (WCK), kicked off with a colourful start in the Punjab town of Bathinda.

Kabaddi teams from 20 nations are vying for the title, with 12 men’s teams and eight women’s teams. The matches will be held across Punjab until Dec. 14.

The WCK will see kabaddi teams from various countries vying for prize money of nearly $1 million.

An all-women kabaddi team from Pakistan has also arrived for the first time to participate in the WCK.

The tournament was declared open by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal amid performances by artistes and dancers from the state.

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra also performed for the occasion.

Pakistan Punjab’s Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will visit Punjab’s industrial hub, Ludhiana, on Dec. 14 for the closing ceremony.

The team from India has won all three previous editions of the kabaddi tournament.

Teams from India, Pakistan, Iran, England, Spain, Denmark, Scotland, U.S., Canada, Argentina, Sierra Leone and Kenya are participating in the men’s section, withteams from India, Pakistan, England, Denmark, U.S., Mexico, Kenya and New Zealand in the women’s section.



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A Danish kabaddi player (CL) tackles her Pakistani opponent (CR) during the 4th World Cup Kabaddi Punjab 2013 tournament at a stadium in Chohla Sahib (Tarn Taran), about 55 kms from Amritsar on December 2, 2013. NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images

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