The Pro Kabaddi league is an eight-city caravan style league, with teams playing each other twice during the scheduled time. The league is formally backed by the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF), the Asian Kabaddi Federation (AKF) and the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI).

The second season of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) is set to get under way in Mumbai next month with defending champions Jaipur Pink Panthers in action on the opening day. There will be 60 matches played over 37 days across eight cities on home and away basis.

With 22 million viewership on the opening night of the inaugural season in 2014, the tournament achieved all India viewership of 435 million, making it the second most watched sporting event in India.

The origin of the Kabaddi dates back to pre-historic times. The modern game was played all over India and some parts of South Asia from 1930.

The first known framework of the rules of kabaddi, as an indigenous sport of India, was prepared in Maharashtra in 1921 for Kabaddi competitions, combining the patterns of Sanjeevani and Gamini. Thereafter a committee was constituted in 1923, which amended the rules framed in 1921. The amended rules were applied during the All India Kabaddi Tournament in 1923.

Kabaddi was included as a regular sports discipline in the 11th Beijing Asian Games 1990 where India won a gold medal for Kabaddi.

Here are few Interesting facts about the league...

1. The estimated value of title sponsor is Rs. 20 crores for the duration of three years.

2. League was watched by 435 million viewers in 2014 season.

3. Players and officials from 34 countries will be part of PKL 2.

4. All the companies and partners of the PKL are of Indian origin.

5. PKL is estimated to earn Rs 50 crores from associate sponsors.

Courtesy: Pro Kabaddi league official website.

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