The Indian men’s kabaddi team is gearing up for action as they prepare to participate in the highly anticipated Asian Kabaddi Championship 2023, scheduled to be held in Busan, South Korea, from June 27 to 30. This four-day event marks the return of the continental championship after a six-year hiatus, with the previous edition taking place in Gorgan, Iran, in 2017. Kabaddi enthusiasts in India can catch all the thrilling matches live streamed across the nation.
A total of six nations, including India, Iran, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipei, and Hong Kong, will compete in the Asian Kabaddi Championship 2023. The Indian men’s kabaddi teams will kick start their campaign against Korea on Tuesday, following the tournament opener between Iran and Chinese Taipei earlier in the day.
The championship will follow a single-legged round-robin format, where all participating teams will face each other once. The top two teams at the end of the league phase will battle it out in the final on June 30.
The Indian men’s kabaddi team enters the tournament as the defending champions, having emerged victorious in the 2017 edition after defeating Pakistan 36-22 in the final. With seven titles in eight editions since the inception of the tournament in 1980, India has been the most successful men’s team in the Asian Kabaddi Championship. Iran, however, claimed the championship in the 2003 edition held in Kangar, Malaysia.
The Indian contingent for the Busan meet comprises a 12-member kabaddi team, featuring some of the top players from the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL). Leading raider Arjun Deshwal, who impressed in the previous PKL season, will spearhead the Indian attack alongside seasoned raiders Naveen Kumar and Pawan Sehrawat. The Indian defense will be fortified by the presence of Sunil Kumar, Parvesh Bhainswal, Surjeet Singh, and Nitesh Kumar.
On the other hand, the Iran kabaddi team will miss the services of their star defender, Fazel Atrachali, during the championship.
The Asian Kabaddi Championship 2023 serves as a significant precursor to the upcoming Asian Games, scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China, from September 23 to October 8.
Date Matches Time
June 27, Tuesday, Chinese Taipei vs Iran 6:30 AM
June 27, Tuesday ,India vs Korea 10:30 PM
June 27, Tuesday, Japan vs Hong Kong 11:30 AM
June 27, Tuesday, India vs Chinese Taipei 12:30 PM
June 28, Wednesday ,Hong Kong vs Iran 6:30 AM
June 28, Wednesday, Korea vs Japan 7:30 AM
June 28, Wednesday, Chinese Taipei vs Hong Kong 10:30 AM June 28, Wednesday, India vs Japan 11:30 AM
June 28, Wednesday, Korea vs Iran 12:30 PM
June 29, Thursday, Chinese Taipei vs Japan 6:30 AM
June 29, Thursday, Korea vs Hong Kong 7:30 AM
June 29, Thursday, India vs Iran 10:30 AM
June 29, Thursday, Chinese Taipei vs Korea 11:30 AM
June 30, Friday, Japan vs Iran 6:30 AM
June 30, Friday, India vs Hong Kong 7:30 AM
June 30, Friday, Final 10:30 AM