MUMBAI: Amidst the unveiling of glittering trophy, battery of stars from bollywood and political and corporate bigwigs from London, the first season of Wave World Kabaddi League one of its kind international Kabaddi League promoting Kabaddi, has started at O2 Arena, London. Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, Dy Chief Minister, Government of Punjab, India declared the League open and unveiled the winners Trophy for the League. Eight teams from UK, USA, Canada, Pakistan and India are vying for the maiden trophy.
The evening saw Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, also the owner of Team Khalsa Warriors in the League sing his own songs. The crowd frenzy was uncontrollable when he sang – Mujhme to, tu hi tu basaa......from his movie Special Chabbis. The excitement increased when he continued to perform on the famous punjabi songs – ni tu hune hune hoi mutiyaar.... and Taare gin gin yaad ch teri...... The enthusiasm was higher as his team went ahead to win the first match against Yo Yo Tigers, owned by Rapper Honey Singh.
The entertainment continued with Sukhwinder Singh of Chak de and Chaiyaan Chaiyaan fame singing foot thumping numbers like aaja aaja Dil Nichode, Raat ki matki phode from movie Kaminey. Jimmy Shergill, Neeru Bajwa, the famous actress of Punjabi movies and Gurpeet Ghuggi, the comedian in Punjabi movies and TV programs also enthralled the audience with their performances.
The maiden set of matches played between United Singhs and Punjab Thunder & Khalsa Warriors and Yo Yo Tigers saw United Singhs winning the match against Punjab Thunder and Khalsa Warriors against Yo Yo Tigers. The other teams to start their innings today are Vancouver Lions against Lahore Lions and California Eagles against Royal Kings USA.
Wave WKL kicked off yesterday i.e. 9 August to 30 November 2014 and will see various national and international Kabaddi players in action through 8 franchisees. The league will follow the Formula 1 touring sports format and will be played across 4 continents. Wave WKL aims to become the go-to brand when it comes to sports entertainment or delivering value to its partners and sponsors. Wave WKL as a brand embodies strength, power, agility, tactic, entertainment, masculinity and aggression. It is taking an indigenous Indian sport to the world and redefining it for the Indian audience.