In what is perhaps a huge boost for the seldom covered sport of kabaddi, the Maha Kabaddi League has arrived, and boy is it big! Created by Pune based Max Godwin and the Maharashtra State Kabaddi Association (MSKA), the league has arrived to launch the sport of Kabaddi to greater heights. The MKL is a first of its kind sporting event, after the Pro Kabaddi League which was a huge success. The league is a breath of fresh air for the sport, and should breathe new air into a sport which is quickly losing relevance. The MKL will also feature women's teams, for the first time in the history of the sport.
The Maha Kabaddi League will see eight teams fight it out in a battle for the title of champions – Mumbai Devils,Pune Panthers, Raigad Dynamos, Sangli Royals, Baramati Hurricanes, Thane Tigers, Nagar Challengers and Ratnagiri Raiders. The board for the MKL consists of Datta Patrikar, the chairman of the MSKA, Shantaram Jadhav, treasurer of the MSKA, Vijay Sethi, Director Max Godwin and Siddharth Mehta, CEO of the Maha Kabaddi League.
The first season of the league will be held in Mumbai, and the rest of the matches will be played in Khed (Ratnagiri) and Alibaug (Raigad). The final leg of the tournament will be played in Pune, from the 3rd of June. There is a second season as well, which will be played in Thane, Baramati, Ahmednagar and Sangli. The players who were auctioned were selected from trials conducted by the Maharshtra State Kabaddi Association. The winners of the tournament will receive a cash prize of Rs 15 lakhs and there are other cash rewards for best raider, man of the match and man of the series.
The future of Kabaddi doesn't seem bleak anymore, with professional tournaments emerging, offering a chance for every aspiring player who wants to make it big. Recently, the unprecedented success of the Pro Kabaddi League seems to have motivated others, which is possibly why the Maha Kabaddi League has sprung up. It is a great opportunity for lovers of the sport of the soil, which has almost become extinct.
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