The 3rd edition of the All India National Style Kabaddi Championship was in action from the 22nd February to the 24th February 2019. The Yoddha stepping onto the mat to perform their national duties for this tournament were Prashanth Kumar Rai for Team Karnataka, Shrikant Jadhav for Indian Railways, Nitesh Kumar for the Services team and Narendar, Azad Singh, Sachin Kumar and Amit Narwal for the Uttar Pradesh squad. The tournament was held in the honour of Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay at Hisar, Haryana and offered a hefty prize purse of a total 1 Crore 75 Lakh Rupees. It was hosted by the Government of Haryana.
The Play-offs of this tournament saw massive Yoddha participation with the likes of the Uttar Pradesh, Services and Indian Railways teams qualifying. The Uttar Pradesh team fell short in the quarterfinals to the Haryana squad. The finals of the Championship saw Nitesh alongside the Services team and the Indian Railways with Shrikant clash once again for the trophy. The Indian Railways emerged victorious again beating the Services team 41-37, taking home the 1 Crore grand prize.
It is great to see tournaments in Kabaddi held at this grand scale, the historic game has truly transformed into a professional sport. We would like to congratulate our Yoddha Nitesh Kumar and Shrikant Jadhav on another remarkable tournament run.