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Stage set for opening ceremony of World Cup kabbadi

The district administration has given final touches to the arrangements for successfully conducting the opening ceremony of the 5th World Cup Kabaddi at the Guru Gobind Singh stadium here.

punjab Updated: Dec 02, 2014 18:35 IST
HT Correspondent

The district administration has given final touches to the arrangements for successfully conducting the opening ceremony of the 5th World Cup Kabaddi at the Guru Gobind Singh stadium here.

Giving details about the ceremony at a press conference here on Monday, deputy commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav said it will be an electrifying ceremony with the introduction of 3D mapping for the first time in the country.

“This is for the first time that 3D mapping technology will be used to create stage props. LED lights and projectors will create a magical ambience and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal will be the chief guest on the occasion.”

During the mega event, 11 teams in men and eight in women’s section will participate from across the globe from December 6 to 20 in the state. The Swedish men’s team is a new entrant in the list of participating teams and the team is participating in the tournament for the first time.


Of the 11 teams, six will be putting up in Jalandhar. These teams are Canada, USA, Denmark, Argentina, Pakistan and Sweden. Whereas five teams will be stationed in Bhatinda and the women players will be lodged at Ludhiana. Most of the venues selected for the matches are in rural areas, with a view of promoting the sports in those pockets. However, Jalandhar will only host the opening ceremony. The final match and the closing ceremony will be held at Badal, the native of the chief minister.

Sources said it is for the first time that a full-fledged media team from Pakistan will be covering the event. A team of officials on Monday surveyed the Guru Gobind Singh Stadium and took note of the ongoing preparations.

The deputy commissioner said besides several organising committees the government has also formed an anti-dope committee and a security committee for smooth conduct of event. Officials have been assigned the duty for looking into hassle-free lodging of players in the city. The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has been requested to conduct random dope tests during the tournament.

The road map for conducting the event and the entry points for VVIPS, guests and the public for the opening ceremony will be announced on December 4, the DC said.

“There will be no passes or tickets for the public. The lists of state-level stars have been finalised and on December 4 we will announce the name of Bollywood stars who will be present at the event,” he said.

Sources said the prize money will be of rs2 crore, rs1.00 crore and rs 51 lakh for the first three positions in the men’s section respectively, whereas women teams be will handed over Rs 1.00 crore, Rs 51 lakh and rs 25 lakh respectively.