Pro Kabaddi League has released the fixtures for the upcoming edition of the 13-week long tournament which is scheduled to start on July 28. The first match will see the Rahul Chaudhari led Telugu Titans clash with newcomers Tamil Thalaivas, which boasts of marquee player Ajay Thakur in Hyderabad.
VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 5 will begin on July 28, 2017 in Hyderabad and will travel across 12 host cities, culminating in Chennai with the ultimate battle of Kabaddi supremacy taking place on October 28, 2017. The first match will be played between Telugu Titans and Tamil Thalaivas.
The 12 teams have been divided into two zones of six teams each, where each of them will be playing 15 intra-zone and 7 inter-zone matches, prior to the play-offs. The play-offs stage will comprise 3 action-packed qualifiers and 2 eliminators scheduled to take place in Mumbai and Chennai.
Anupam Goswami, League Commissioner, VIVO Pro Kabaddi said, "For Season 5, our goal was to create a high-impact tournament which evokes euphoric sentiment among fans for their favourite teams. Strong contenders will be seen clashing in the action-packed 3 months of the league. The longer duration of the league, in addition to 12 teams battling in 138 matches, will give fans an exciting season of kabaddi to cheer for."
Deoraj Chaturvedi, CEO, International Kabaddi Federation said, "It is our foremost priority to tirelessly work towards nurturing and developing an evocative and engaging Kabaddi culture in India. The International Kabaddi Federation worked with Mashal Sports to create a dynamic schedule for VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 5 which will thrill the audiences. We are proud to see that the league, which is uniquely driven by innovation, has grown into one of the biggest in Indian sports."