The International Kabaddi Federation organized the inaugural Kabaddi Masters 2018, an international tournament held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from June 22 to June 30, 2018.
The primary goal of the tournament was to promote Kabaddi as a sport globally and featured some of the world's top teams. Broadcasting internationally, it received acclaim for its high-quality production and organization.
The tournament proved significant for fans worldwide and demonstrated the growing popularity of the sport on an international level.
Format of Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018
The format of Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 saw six teams compete in a round-robin format. Divided into two groups, each team played against their group members twice. The top two teams from each group advanced to the semi-finals with winners progressing to finals.
Teams Group & Favorites
India, Pakistan, and Kenya were part of Group A while Iran, the Republic of Korea, and Argentina comprised Group B. India and Iran were favorites to win the tournament with other teams expected to put up a good fight.
Group Stage Matches of Kabaddi Masters 2018
The tournament kicked off with India's triumphant 36-20 victory over Pakistan in their opening match, while Iran dominated Argentina with a score of 54-24 in their first game. As the competition progressed, each team gave it their all to secure a spot in the semi-finals.
In Group A, both India and Pakistan emerged victorious against Kenya, setting up a pivotal match between the two nations to determine who would advance to the semi-finals.
In an impressive showing, India clinched a decisive victory over Pakistan with a score of 41-17 and secured their place in the semi-finals alongside Kenya.
Meanwhile, in Group B, Iran and the Republic of Korea triumphed over Argentina in their respective matches leading up to an intense showdown between them. Ultimately, Iran emerged as victors with an impressive score of 35-20 and advanced to the semi-finals along with the Republic of Korea.
Here are the match-by-match results of the Kabaddi Masters 2018 tournament:
|1||India vs. Pakistan||India won 36-20|
|2||Iran vs. The Republic of Korea||Iran won 35-20|
|3||Iran vs. Argentina||Iran won 35-20|
|4||India vs. Kenya||India won 48-19|
|5||The Republic of Korea vs. Argentina||The Republic of Korea won 72-16|
|6||Kenya vs. Pakistan||Pakistan won by 43-21|
|7||Iran vs. The Republic of Korea||Iran won 31-27|
|8||India vs. Pakistan||India won 41-17|
|9||Iran vs. Argentina||Iran won 57-27|
|10||India vs. Kenya||Iran won 50-15|
|11||The Republic of Korea vs. Argentina||The Republic of Korea won 54-25|
|12||Kenya vs. Pakistan||Pakistan won by 42-20|
The Kabaddi Masters 2018 semi-finals took place on June 29, 2018, featuring India versus the Republic of Korea and Iran versus Kenya.
The closely contested match between India and the Republic of Korea resulted in India's victory with a score of 36-20. Meanwhile, Iran emerged victorious against Kenya with a score of 48-18, setting up an exciting final match between India and Iran.
|Semi-Final 1||Iran vs. Pakistan||Iran won 67-11|
|Semi-Final 2||The Republic of Korea vs. India||India won 29-22|
Final of Masters Kabaddi 2018:
The highly anticipated final was held on June 30, 2018. Both teams played their hearts out to win the tournament, but it was India who dominated the match from start to finish.
They took an early lead of 24-7 at halftime and continued their dominance in the second half, winning the game with a score of 44-26. As a result, they were crowned champions of the Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 tournament.
|Final||Iran vs. India||India won 44-26|
Ajay Thakur from India was awarded Player of the Tournament for his outstanding performance throughout the competition. The Masters Dubai tournament was praised for its high-quality production and organization while also showcasing Kabaddi's growing popularity as a sport worldwide.
Top Raiders of Kabaddi Masters 2018:
|Jang Kun Lee||The Republic of Korea||34|
Top defenders of Masters Kabaddi 2018:
|Young Chan Ko||The Republic of Korea||16|
Broadcasters of Kabaddi Masters 2018:
The tournament was broadcasted in India by Star Sports, and internationally by sports channels such as Fox Sports and Sky Sports. It was praised for its high-quality production and organization, as well as for showcasing the growing popularity of Kabaddi as a sport worldwide.