The Greater Noida-based PKL team UP Yoddha, in association with Hindustan publication, will to unearth grassroots level kabaddi talent in the State through the UP Kabaddi League. The league, which started on September 1 will run till October 13 across five cities – Agra, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Varanasi and Lucknow.
U.P. Kabaddi League, in its second season, will feature 35 men’s teams and 8 women’s teams from all over the state. The men’s tournament shall be divided in four zones played across Zone A – Agra (September 1 to 3); Zone B – Kanpur (September 13 to 15); Zone C – Gorakhpur (September 9 to 12); Zone D – Varanasi (September 9 to 12) and the finals in the City of Nawabs – Lucknow (October 10 to 13). The women’s matches shall be held at Lucknow during the same time as the men’s finals.
Speaking on the association, Col. Vinod Bisht, CEO GMR League Games said, “We are delighted to partner with the U.P. Kabaddi League. Being a franchisee from Uttar Pradesh it is our duty to support talented youngsters from the region, find the right platform to develop their game and make a professional career. In the last few years, we have unearthed a few talented youngsters like Nitesh Kumar, Sumit and Surender Gill from the state and we believe there is no dearth of talent in India’s largest and most populous state. Our’s is a constant endeavor to keep unearthing more and more local talent, giving the youth a viable career option.”
All the matches will be played in the Pro Kabaddi League format and the scoring shall be akin the same. In the men’s category each zone will see two top teams qualify for the Lucknow finals.
The team bifurcation for each zone is as follows: Zone A – Agra: Eight District teams; Zone B – Kanpur: Eight District teams; Zone C – Gorakhpur: Nine District teams; Zone D – Varanasi: Ten District teams.