Meanwhile Iran have raced to a 18-2 lead against the USA in just ten minutes. Relentless from the Iranians
Indian captain Anup Kumar on the loss to South Korea: Our raiders weren't at their best today, we also made some mistakes at the end and that's why we lost. But nothing's lost yet. We will get back and correct our mistakes
Shock start to Kabaddi World Cup. Korea beat India. Big surprise. Tournament will have many more surely!— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 7, 2016
FT India 32-34 South Korea
India have been stunned in the Kabaddi World Cup opener. Great effort from Jan Kun Lee at the death. What a start to this World Cup. Indian raiders let the team down today. Just 17 raid points in total. This just sets up this tournament brilliantly
SUPER RAID by Jan Kun Lee and he baks it up with two points. Korea lead 33-31
INDIA ALL OUT! India lead 29-26. Nervous end to the game. Sandeep Narwal on for India. Can they hold for three more minutes
25-21!! Deficit just four points now. India just have one man on the court. Nervous moment for India with five miintes to go. Can the hosts hold on for a win?
India bringing on fresh legs. Deepak Hooda on in place of Manjeet Chhillar. Hosts lead 24-19, the Koreans are refusing to go away here
23-17! India have slowed down the game. Playing on the third raid, trying to protect the lead
Manjeet Chhillar has been on fire, Two superb ankle holds puts India 22-15 ahead. He completes a high five. Brilliant from the Puneri Paltan skipper
Jan Kun Lee has had a bad ady at the office today. Has been out of court for more than 11 minutes.
South Korea have come back into the game in the second half. Have reduced the deficit to just three points. India lead 18-15. India need to be alert. Koreans thrive on momentum and India shouldn't hand it to them in the second half
Second half begins. The half starts with two empty raids. India lead 18-13
HT: India 18-13 South Korea
India have the lead, but South Korea are giving them a real run for their money. Anup Kumar has been in top form as always, but his fellow raiders Jasvir Singh and Rahul Chaudhari haven't really got going. Indian defence has been decent, Dharmaraj Cheralathan and Manjeet Chhillar have had a good half
Pardeep Narwal comes on and goes into a do-or-die raid and comes away a point. The Most Valuable Playter of Pro Kabaddi League season four is underway. India lead 18-10
15-9! India's defence has started to gel now. The raiders have learnt from their mistakes. The hosts are finding their mojo. Korea must be alert and not let the game drift away
ALL OUT! India complete the all-out of the Koreans. India lead 12-9.
9-8!! India sniff an all-out. Anup Kumar's super raid has brought India in the ascendancy. But the Korean defence works well
India trailing 4-2 after five minutes. Good start from the South Korean defence
1-1! Korea catch Anup Kumar in the first raid, but India hit back by catching Jan Kun Lee. Dharmaraj Cheralathan with a big effort to bring down the Korean
Korea win the toss and invite India to raid first in the first half
Kim, Jan Kun Lee, and Eom all start for South Korea
South Korea are on the mat for their game against India. Can Jan Kun :Lee weave his magic?
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The opening ceremony is underway at The Arena in Ahmedabad. Landmark moment for kabaddi to have such a grand opening for it's World Cup
The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup is coming at us from a vacuum, we may strain to see behind it if it's carrying a legacy but there's virtually none.
Big moment for sport as the Kabaddi World Cup returns after nine years. The success of the Pro Kabaddi League has been a shot in the arm for the sport. Will this revamped tournament create it's own legacy?
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The Kabaddi World Cup returns after a gap of nine years and once again India play host to this grand competition. Having won the two previous editions in 2004 and 2007, an Indian 'Dream Team' full of superstars emerged out of the glitzy Pro Kabaddi League appear clear favourites to lift a third World Cup title.
The hosts will open their campaign against a formidable South Korean side at 8 PM IST today. Stick around the blog for all the Live updates of the opening encounter
Preview: The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup kicked off on Thursday in the presence of captains of the 12 competing nations, including hosts India.
Besides the hosts, the US, England, Australia, Iran, Poland, Thailand, Bangladesh, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Kenya will vie for the top honours.
With tensions soaring across the border, Pakistan has already been barred from taking part in the competition.
An opening-day double-header will see India lock horns with South Korea while Iran take on a relatively easy opponents in first-timers US.
The 12 teams will be divided into two pools of six teams each. The tournament will be played in a round-robin format, where the top two sides from each pool will qualify for the semis, with the final slated for 22October.
On the occasion, International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) President Janardan Singh Gehlot said: "This is a watershed moment for the sport of Kabaddi globally. The IKF has been working to develop Kabaddi as a competitive discipline."
"With 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, the sport is all set to break through on the global stage. There is a lot of excitement among all participants and we are sure that the same energy will be transferred to the fans watching it in stands and screens across the world."
"It gives me immense pleasure to see such diversity in participation. I am sure the teams will inspire many more people in their countries to take up the sport," he added.
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Updated Date: Oct 07, 2016 22:28:50 IST
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