The much-awaited World Cup Kabaddi will commence from March 31.
In a bid to revive the traditional sport of circle kabaddi or popularly known as Punjab-style kabbadi, the state government is organising the event across eight cities.
The final is scheduled under floodlights at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on April 10.
“The event will be played on a league basis and the total prize money will be Rs two crore with the first four teams getting Rs one crore, 50 lakh, 25 lakh and 10 lakh respectively. There will also be assured appearance money for all teams,” said a senior Punjab government official.
The event is offering the highest prize money in an event in India outside cricket, tennis and golf.
“The purpose behind offering such a huge amount of money is to attract the world’s best players. Moreover, it also shows that there is money in sports other than cricket,” the official added.
Apart from India, teams from the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Pakistan, Iran, Australia and Italy are likely to be part of the mega event.
The government has even floated a tender inviting television channels to come forward and telecast the matches.
“Circle kabaddi has a huge following across the state and we are going to telecast all the matches live,” said the official.