Third World Cup Kabaddi from Dec 1

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday announced that the Third World Cup Kabaddi will start on December 1. This time, 16 teams in the men's section and seven teams in the women section will participate.

"The prize money has almost doubled in the women section and the winners will take home the prize money of Rs 51 lakh. The prize money in the men section, however, remains unchanged at Rs 2 crore," Sukhbir told mediapersons on Tuesday.

While Afghanistan, Argentina, Canada, Denmark, England, Iran, Italy, Kenya, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Scotland, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, USA and India will compete in the men section, Canada, Denmark, England, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, USA and India will compete in women category.

"All efforts have been made to make this event drug free. An anti-doping committee has been formed, which will be responsible to manage pre and post world cup anti-doping affairs and submit a report to the organizing committee on conclusion of the programme. Around Rs 40 lakh is being spent on dope tests. The services of NADA has been requisitioned to conduct regular tests on players. Players failing the dope test will be barred for two years," said Sukhbir.

While CM Parkash Singh Badal will be the chief guest at the opening ceremony in Bhatinda, for the closing ceremony, Punjab (Pakistan) Chief Minister Miyan Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif will be the chief guest.

While releasing the mascot of the World Cup Kabaddi, Jaanbaaz, Sukhbir said the mascot symbolises the motto of "Aim High, Fly High, Go For Sports and Fight Drugs".

Will do further pruning of security: Sukhbir

Asked about the Punjab Police providing security cover to people outside the state, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said: "We are looking into the matter and will cut the security cover further." He, however, also slammed the Punjab Congress, by saying: "During their tenure, they had given 12,000 gunmen to people, including industrialists and businessmen. We have cut it down to 5,000 gunmen and further pruning will be done and the number will be brought to around 2,000."

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