Rupnagar: Alike the previous five seasons, this World Cup Kabaddi tournament also began on a magnificent note, where the crowd was all cheered up to see the famous Bollywood and Pollywood stars performing live on the stage.
The glimpse of the trophy amid the pumping beats and laser show made the stadium echo with the thunderous sound of claps. Besides, the slogans of ‘Youth Akali Dal Zindabad’ and ‘Punjab Police Zindabad’ also reflected the energy among the crowd on the stands.
The star attraction of the event Nooran Sisters (Jyoti and Sultana) mesmerised the audience with their scintillating performance. Likewise, Punjabi singers Jaspinder Narula, Gippy Grewal and Sharry Maan also moved the crowd to dance on their seats.
Ace comedian Bharti Singh entertained the audience with her power-packed punches. She also invited two Punjab Police officials on the stage to dance with her. With her skill, the Punjabi comedian tickled the funny bone of all present in the stadium.
Various troops of Gatka (Sikh martial art), which included small children also, displayed their spell-binding performance in the ground as well as on the main stage.
Bollywood star Arjun Bajwa conducted the stage and put in his best to make the gathering enjoy the events in a wonderful manner.
Olympian Rajpal Singh, Golden Queen of Athletics from Punjab Mandeep Kaur and Kabaddi icon Gurpreet Singh lit the flame to mark the inauguration of this mega event.
Impressive video show depicting the overall development of the state accompanied by the traditional dance ‘Bhangra’ enthralled the audience and forced all to tap their feet.
The gathering also cheered the highlights of the previous World Cup Kabaddi tournaments shown in the stadium on big LED screens. The spectators were also distributed some lit wrist-bands which gave the illusion of jugnoos (glow worms). The fireworks show held at the end of the event made the sky light up.
The teams from India, Argentina, United States of America, England, Canada, Australia, Iran, Sweden, Tanzania, Kenya and Sierra Leone would vie for the men’s title whereas in women’s section eight teams from India, Sierra Leone, Kenya, United States of America, Mexico, Tanzania, New Zealand and Sri Lanka would clash for the title in this fortnight-long tournament that would conclude on November 17.
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