Junior Kabaddi World Championship 2023 | When & where to watch, schedule, and India squad
Team India has been placed against Bangladesh and Thailand for Junior Kabaddi World Championships 2023, which will take place in Urmia, Iran from February 28 to March 4. The second edition of tournament will feature 16 teams split into four groups with hosts in Group A, and Pakistan in Group D.
The reigning champion is Iran. In the tournament's final, which was held in 2019, again in Iran, they defeated Kenya 42-22 after going undefeated. India sat out of the kabaddi competition.
Group A: Iran, Chinese Taipei, Uganda
Group B: Kenya, Iraq, Palestine
Group C: Bangladesh, India, Thailand
Group D: Pakistan, Nepal, Georgia
The group stage games will be played in a round-robin fashion between the teams. The top two teams from each group will then advance to the quarterfinals, which will take place on March 2. The Junior Kabaddi World Championships 2023 semifinal matches are scheduled on March 3, and the championship game is scheduled for March 4.
On March 1, India will compete in both of its group matches. Their first opponent is Thailand. The Indian kabaddi team at the Junior Kabaddi World Championships in 2023 consists of 15, plus three reserves. The captain has been named as Ankush Rathee.
Seven kabaddi players on the Indian side have competed in the country's well-known Pro Kabaddi league. They include Sagar Kumar, Ankush Rathee, Manjeet Sharma, Jai Bhagwan, Narender Kandola, and Jai Bhagwan (all of the Tamil Thalaivas) (Patna Pirates). Vinay Redhu of the Telugu Titans and Parteek Dahiya of the Gujarat Giants are reserves.
Indian kabaddi team: Ankush Rathee (captain, left corner), Nardender Kandola (right raider), Jai Bhagwan (right raider), Manjeet Sharma (right raider), Sagar Kumar (all rounder), Ashish Malik (left corner), Sachin (right cover), Rohit Kumar (left cover), Manu Deshwal (left raider), Abhijit Malik (right raider), Vijyant Jaglan (right cover), Yogesh Dahiya (right corner)
Reserves: Parteek Dahiya (right raider), Vinay Redhu (left raider), Ashish (right corner)
Where to watch?
On the Telewebion website, live streaming of the Junior Kabaddi World Championships 2023 is anticipated. There won't be a live broadcast of the event on any Indian TV station.
March 1, Wednesday
Thailand vs India - 7:00 AM IST
Nepal vs Georgia - 8:00 AM IST
Uganda vs Iran - 9:00 AM IST
Palestine vs Kenya - 3:00 PM IST
India vs Bangladesh - 4:00 PM IST
Pakistan vs Georgia - 5:00 PM IST
March 2, Thursday
Quarter-final 1: Winner A vs Runner-up C - 2:00 PM IST
Quarter-final 2: Winner B vs Runner-up D - 3:00 PM IST
Quarter-final 3: Winner C vs Runner-up A - 4:00 PM IST
Quarter-final 4: Winner D vs Runner-up B - 5:00 PM IST
March 3, Friday
Semi-final 1: Winner QF1 vs Winner QF2 - 3:00 PM IST
Semi-final 2: Winner QF3 vs Winner QF4 - 4:00 PM IST
March 4, Saturday
Final: Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 - 1:00 PM IST