Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Following the success of the men’s event, the organizers of Pro Kabaddi League are now planning to launch a professional franchise-based women’s tournament in India.

As per Mashal Sports, the organizers of PKL which is now in its 10th year, are planning to launch the women’s version of the popular league in collaboration with the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) and the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF)

“Our plans for a professional women’s kabaddi league are based on the success we have seen in the men’s league. The plan is also part of our vision and commitment to grow kabaddi as a modern world-class sport from India,” said PKL Commissioner Anupam Goswami in a statement.

“We will be working with our various stakeholders, including the AKFI and the International Kabaddi Federation to launch the women’s league,” Goswami added.

Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) is an Indian men’s professional Kabaddi league. It was launched in 2014. The eighth season of the popular league was postponed due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the season commenced on December 22, 2021.

The league’s inception was influenced by the popularity of the game at the 2006 Asian Games. The format of the competition was influenced by the Indian Premier League (IPL). PKL uses a franchise-based model and its first season was held in 2014 with eight teams each of which paid fees of up to US$250,000 to join the league.