Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and tournament’s chairman Sukhbir Singh Badal told reporters here today that the prize money of this edition of the event had been doubled to Rs two crore for the winning team.
India had won the first edition ofn the tournament last year.
The runners-up will pocket Rs one crore, while the team finishing at the third spot will be richer by Rs 51 lakhs.
Apart from these, Badal said each participating team would get Rs 10 lakh.
Besides hosts India, the other participating nations include Argentina, Pakistan, USA, Canada, UK, Italy, Norway, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, Germany and Spain.
The matches will be held in day and some under floodlights at different venues across the state, Badal said.
Besides, four nationa will also vie for Rs 25 lakh prize money in the women’s section, he added.
Badal said that the traditional game of kabaddi had gained immense popularity in the last one year.
“Around 17 to 18 countries approached us to participate in this tournament,” he said.
He said that the organisers have roped in Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan, who would be performing in the opening ceremony to be held at Bathinda. The closing ceremony of the event will take place at Ludhiana.
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