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Fourth edition of Kabaddi World Cup in November

PTI  Chandigarh, June 02, 2013
First Published: 17:20 IST(2/6/2013) | Last Updated: 17:40 IST(2/6/2013)

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday said that the 4th edition of Kabaddi World Cup will be held in the second half of November this year, in which 25 nations will participate.

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Reviewing the progress of ongoing sports complexes in a meeting held here on Sunday, Badal said that strict NADA anti-doping guidelines would be implemented in the tournament and Punjab would seek more participation from Europe, Africa, USA, Australia and other non representative sub-continents to give Kabaddi a world-class status.

He said that the state government would take up the issue with International Olympic Committee to include Kabaddi in 2020 Olympics.

Badal also asked Ashok Gupta, secretary sports to have consultation with Hockey India and International Hockey Federation to fix the itinerary of four nation hockey tournament.

Emphasising the need for world-class sports infrastructure, Badal said 11 stadiums have already been completed at the cost of Rs. 96 crore and 9 more stadiums would be dedicated to the nation by December this year.

He said 8 of these stadiums are floodlit and sports stadium at Ghudda and village Badal would have synthetic track costing Rs. 5 crore.

Badal said that during 2007-12, Rs. 200 crore were spent on sports infrastructure that included setting up 6 Astroturf stadiums, 7 multipurpose stadiums and sports complex at Mohali.

To inculcate sports culture in the state, Badal said that a record provision of Rs. 91 crore has been made in the current budget and Rs. 13 crore has been set aside for developing play grounds in 1,233 villages.

He said 2,200 sportspersons would be graded and would get monthly scholarship of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 per month.

Badal said Punjab government has already finalised the plan to establish Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Center of Excellence in Sports at Mohali with 4 regional campuses at Bathinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Amritsar at the cost of Rs. 100 crore, in which 2,000 budding sportspersons would be selected for training.

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