Are you ready to witness biggest Kabaddi event of the year! The Kabaddi World Cup 2016 is all set to kick off today with the opening match between defending champion and host India and South Korea. The tournament will take place in Ahmedabad, Gujrat. The Indian team is very confident to win eight titles in a row and hot favorites to lift the trophy. But this year it will be not so easy because Iran and South Korea team are also full of confidence to grab the Kabaddi World Cup 2016. [Kabaddi World Cup 2016 Schedule]
Before the tournament starts, let’s take a look at the Kabaddi World Cup 2016 captains and coaches of all the 12 participating countries.
Captain- Anup Kumar. He is a well-known face in Kabaddi and become quite popular while playing in Pro Kabaddi. The 2016 South Asian Games gold medallist leads U Mumba in Pro Kabaddi and knows how to defeat opponents with clever moves and decisions.
Coaches- Balwan Singh
Captain- Meraj Sheykh. The Iranian all-rounder will be leading the Iran team in Kabaddi World Cup 2016. He is also a popular face in India due to involvement in Pro Kabaddi. The captain said that his team is confident to win the world title.
Coaches- Kianoush Naderian and Ebad Daliri
Captain- Cambell Brown. He will lead the Australian team in the tournament.
Coaches- The former captain of the Jaipur Pink Panthers, Navneet Gautam and Srinivas R. Lingampelly.
Captain- Desoclo S. Elias is the skipper for the Argentina a South American team.
Coaches- Ricardo Acuna and Claudio Buezas
Captain- Someshwar Kalia. He will lead the English team in Kabaddi World Cup 2016. He is confident with his good squad to win the World title this year.
Coaches- Ashok Das the founder of the England Kabaddi Association and rugby player Phoebe A. Schecter.
United States Of America:
Captain- Troy Bacon.
Coach- Mohinder Sidhu
Captain- Md. Arduzzaman Munshi. He is the captain of the of Bangladesh team. He won the bronze medal at the last Asian Games held in 2010.
Coaches- Subimal C. Das and Md Ziaur Rahman
Captain- Masayuki Shimokawa. He is a former player of U Mumba and currently playing with the Jaipur Pink Panthers will lead the Japan.
Coaches- Kiejun Itoh and Kokei Ito
Captain- David Mosambay. He has experience of Pro Kabaddi League while playing in Puneri Paltan.
Coaches- Atieno O Laventer and Odhiambo O Shadrack
Captain- Michal Spiczko. He has played earlier for the Bengaluru Bulls and know how to win the matches.
Coaches- Harwinder Singh and Filip Klowskowski
Captain- Dong Ju Hong. He will lead the Korea and will play first match against India. He won the bronze medals at the 2013 Incheon Asian Indoor Games and the 2014 Incheon Asian Games being captain of the team.
Coaches- Jae-ho Cho and Hee-Jong Kim
Captain- Tin Phonchoo. He is the skipper of Thailand side and former player of the Dabang Delhi side.
Coaches- Panya Athiwat and Nasome Suttirak