All India Men’s Kabaddi Championship kicks off on 20th January in Madhya Pradesh
Kabaddi is back with its first tournament of 2021 after a 9-month break in pandemic affected 2020. Sahyog Kreeda Mandal, Madhya Pradesh, will conduct the 38th All India Men Kabaddi Championship (AIMKC) from 20th to 23rd January 2021. This prestigious tournament will take place in Gotegaon, a town 60km from Jabalpur.
The history of the tournament dates back to 1982 when the first edition was played. AIMKC has been conducted on the same dates each year for the last 37 years. The Finals will be played on 23th January, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. 2021 marks the 125th birth Anniversary of Subhas Chandra Bose. To pay tribute, Sahiyog Krida Mandal will inaugurate a statue of Netaji Bose on the final day. The Chief Guest Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister for Culture and Tourism, Govt. of India, will preside over the Gotegaon Kabaddi tournament. The winner will get a prize money of rupees 3 lakhs.
Last year North Eastern Railways, Gorakhpur, walked away with the championship. AIMKC is known for its high quality of Kabaddi. Every team is required to have 3-4 players who have played in the Pro Kabaddi League. In 2020, there were 72 Pro Kabaddi players part of this tournament. An elite list of teams like Northern Railways, North Eastern Railways, ONGC, Red Army, Green Army, and Indian Navy can be seen in action during this tournament.