The four finalists for the inaugural edition of Red Bull Tashan have been decided

26 May 2017: After a series of gruelling rounds, the final four teams that will proceed to the semi-finals of the first-ever edition of Red Bull Tashan have been decided. A competitive kabaddi tournament for players at college and club level, organised in association with the Pro Kabaddi League franchise, Bengaluru Bulls, Red Bull Tashan aims to help develop the ancient and iconic Indian sport at a grass-roots level in the country.

Held at the National Games Village Complex in Koramangala on 24th and 25th May, over 30 teams registered to compete at the inaugural edition of the tournament, with four standing the chance to make it through to the finals, at Play Arena in Kasavanahalli on 27th May. Ultimately, teams Classical Nationals, Y.F.A. Jaraganahalli, National Sports Club and HMT Colony Boys emerged victorious, and will go on to compete for the title of the first-ever Red Bull Tashan champion. The winners of the tournament will also get the chance to train with the Bengaluru Bulls team, before the fifth season of the Pro Kabaddi League kicks off in July.

Open to players between the ages of 18-24, Red Bull Tashanmakes strategy a key component of the matches, which run half the duration ofPro Kabaddi League games. While in the latter, each half consists of 20minutes, in this tournament, each half consists of only 10 minutes each, makingthe entire duration of the game 20 minutes.

Uday Sinh Wala, CEO, Kosmik Global Media, that ownsBengaluru Bulls, says, “Over the past few years, Kabaddi has seen a greatresurgence in the country, and now is the time to encourage development forthis iconic Indian sport at grass-roots level. We believe that Red Bull Tashanwill contribute to precisely this, with its focus on finding talent at acollege and club level. Bengaluru Bulls is happy to associate with thisinitiative, and will give talent emerging from this tournament the opportunityto train with the Bengaluru Bulls team at our home stadium, before thecommencement of the fifth season of Pro Kabaddi League.”

Each team must consist of a minimum of 10 anda maximum of 12 players.

Age category: 18-24 years.

Match Duration: 20 minutes, divided intohalves of 10 minutes each, along with a 3-minute interval between halves.

Teams will be allowed to take one ‘time out’of 30 seconds each in each half.

Each team is allowed a maximum of fivesubstitutions during the playing time of 20 minutes.

The team that wins the toss shall have thechoice of the court, or the raid, and the team that loses the toss shall havethe remaining choice.

A raider shall continue to chant “kabaddi” asthe approved chant. Failure to do so while in the opponent’s court will lead tohim being ordered back, and the opponent awarded one technical point and achance to raid.

One point shall be awarded to the raider whenhe crosses the bonus line. The bonus line rule is applicable when there are aminimum of six players on the field. If the raider is caught after crossing thebonus line, the opposing team will also be awarded one point. The side thatscores an ‘all-out‘, shall score two extra points.

The term ‘super catch‘ refers to when araider is tackled by three or less of players, while ‘super raid‘  refersto when a raider is able to touch three or more players and the raid issuccessful. In both cases, one bonus point is awarded to the respectiveteam. 

If the match stands at a tie at the end of 20minutes, a ’golden raid’ will be conducted. In this, a toss will take place,and the side that wins the toss raids first. All seven players of the opposingteam will be on the field. If the match continues to stand at a tie after thefirst golden raid, the opposing team is awarded a chance at a golden raid. Ifthe game is still tied thereafter, the winner will be decided by a toss.

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