Pro Kabaddi League is all set to add four new teams in the upcoming season – PKL 2017. The league has been a great success over the past four seasons in the just a couple of years. With the addition of these new teams, this league is going to surpass other Indian sports leagues in terms of geographic representation, the number of matches and duration of the league in Season 5.
The new states for Pro Kabaddi have been selected very carefully. The new states are Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat has been chosen because of their high affinity towards Kabaddi and massive fan base in these areas, the significant on-ground presence of the sport, and potential commercial value to sponsors.
These states have a rich cultural tradition of highly popular local Kabaddi tournaments. The Kabaddi world cup was organised in Gujrat which has increased the popularity of Kabaddi in these regions.
Pro Kabaddi became an instant hit with Indian sports fans in its very first season in 2014 as more than 400 million viewers watched the exciting extravenga. Within a very short span of two years, this league has captured the imagination of Indian viewers.
The main reason so much popularity is that this is India’s very own sport and it is connected to the roots of Indian culture. This game is also very fats which tend to excite the viewers. The popularity can be guessed by this fact that this league has more than 64 sponsors in the season 4.
Uday Shankar, Chairman, and CEO, Star India said,”Even for an optimist like me, the response we have seen for Kabaddi is surprising. Having seen its affinity in the country, it would be a disservice to the sport if we do not grow it further. All stakeholders have decided to come together to expand the league and given the pace at which this is growing, it might be just the first in a series of expansions in the coming years”.
Mr Janardan Singh Gehlot, President, International Kabaddi Federation also said,” Pro Kabaddi is a truly unique example of how a modern league has transformed the much loved but traditional Kabaddi into a modern sport. Star Sports, as well as Mashal, have created a magnificent example for the growth of India as multi-sport nation.”
Let’s hope that this edition of the Pro Kabaddi league will continue to impress the people with its fast nature of the game. In the coming future, we could expect some more new teams in the league.