The eighth edition of the Pro Kabaddi League has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. PKL released a statement on November 28 to confirm the dreaded news.
The statement by the Pro Kabaddi League said, “Under the current circumstances and keeping in mind the official guidelines and health and safety of players in the context of an indoor contact sport, we regret the postponement of Season 8 of PKL.”
The official statement also added that they would return next year once the conditions would be safe to resume the league.
Kabaddi is a contact team sport and contesting a full-fledged tournament with 12 teams, would have been a next-to-impossible task. The PKL Season 8 was scheduled to be held between July and October, earlier this year, but it was postponed from its regular schedule due to the global shutdown. Now, the tournament would be held next year.
It is the second setback suffered by PKL this year. In August, Vivo the title sponsor of the league pulled out from the contract. In 2017, PKL had signed ₹300 crores worth deal with the Chinese brand for a period of five years.
Pro Kabaddi League was in the news due to statements given by the President of Sri Lankan Kabaddi Federation, Anura Pathirana, and Marshal Sports, owners of the league, where they rubbished all the rumours about the Kabaddi league getting shifted to the island nation. League’s media and broadcasting rights deal with Star Sports has also been expired and there is no update about tenders for new deal.