Chandigarh: The prize money for the winning team at the Second World Cup Kabaddi tournament to be held in various centres of Punjab would be doubled to a whopping Rs 2 crore, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal announced on Sunday.

Badal said that the prize money for the title winners has been doubled to Rs 2 crore whereas team securing second and third positions would get Rs 1 crore and Rs 51 lakh respectively in the tournament to be held in October-November.

16 countries will take part in the tournament and they would be divided into four groups. Each group will have four countries and the group toppers will qualify for semifinals.

For the women's section, the winning team will get Rs. 25 lakh as prize money; the runners-up will pocket Rs. 15 lakh while other participating teams will receive Rs 10 lakh each.

Badal said that it was for the first time that an international tournament for women's kabaddi is being organised with such high prize money.

Badal said that the state will also organise exhibition matches for women teams from five nations -- India, USA, Canada, UK and Iran -- during the World Cup Kabaddi.

Badal reviewed the arrangements for the tournament in the high level meeting with Sports Department and office bearers of Punjab Kabaddi Association here.

The Chief Minister said that all matches would be held under floodlight and telecast live throughout the world fulfilling the long pending demand of Indian Punjabi citizens living in Canada, USA, Europe, Australia and Gulf countries.

The newly constructed stadium in Bathinda will be the venue of the opening ceremony besides also hosting both the semifinals. The final and closing ceremony will commence at the industrial city of Ludhiana.


(Agencies)