The inaugural edition of Red Bull Tashan, a fast-paced, one-of-its-kind competitive Kabaddi

India, May 2017: This month, the first-ever edition of Red Bull Tashan, a competitive Kabaddi tournament for players at college and club level, will be held in Bengaluru. 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. The winners of the tournament will get the chance to train with the Bengaluru Bulls team, at their home stadium, before the fifth season of the Pro Kabaddi League kicks off in July. Qualifiers for the tournament will be held on the 24th and 25th of May, at National Games Village, Koramangala, Bengaluru

To register, go to www.redbull.in/tashan

Open to players between the ages of 18-25, Red Bull Tashan makes strategy a key component of the matches, which run half the duration of Pro Kabaddi League games. While in the latter, each half consists of 20 minutes, in this tournament, each half consists of only 10 minutes each, making the entire duration of the game 20 minutes. Following a round of qualifiers on the 24th and 25th of May, the finals will be held on 27th May at Play Arena, Kasavanahalli, Bengaluru 

Uday Sinh Wala, CEO, Bengaluru Bulls, says, “Over the past few years, kabaddi has seen a great resurgence in the country, and now is the time to encourage development for this iconic Indian sport at grass-roots level. We believe that Red Bull Tashan will contribute to precisely this, with its focus on finding talent at a college and club level. Bengaluru Bulls is happy to associate with this initiative, and will give talent emerging from this tournament the opportunity to train with the Bengaluru Bulls team at our home stadium before the commencement of the fifth season of Pro Kabaddi League.” 

India continues to give rise to some of the strongest kabaddi players in the world, with the Indian men’s national team winning every World Cup since 2004 – a total of six. The Indian women’s national team, too, has participated in two World Cups thus far, and have emerged champions in both. 

Interest in the sport of kabaddi has grown exponentially among viewers as well, with the rise of the Pro Kabaddi League. In its very first season, the league became a huge hit with Indian fans, as 435 million viewers tuned in on television. A modern league variation to an ancient Indian sport, this format has grown from strength to strength in each season, with a cumulative viewership growth of 51% over four seasons – the highest for any sports league in India. 

Rules ofRed Bull Tashan: 

-Eachteam must consist of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 12 players.

-Agecategory: 18-25 years

-MatchDuration: 20 minutes, divided into halves of 10 minutes each, along with a3-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 offive substitutions during the playing time of 20 minutes.

-Theteam that wins the toss shall have the choice of the court, or the raid, andthe team that loses the toss shall have the remaining choice.

-Araider shall continue to chant ‘kabaddi‘ as the approved chant. Failure to doso while in the opponent’s court will lead to him being ordered back, and theopponent awarded one technical point and a chance to raid.

-Onepoint shall be awarded to the raider when he crosses the bonus line. The bonusline rule is applicable when there are a minimum of six players on the field.If the raider is caught after crossing the bonus line, the opposing team willalso be awarded one point. The side that scores an ‘all-out‘, shall score twoextra points.

-Theterm ‘super catch‘ refers to when a raider is tackled by three or less ofplayers, while ‘super raid‘  refers to when a raider is able to touchthree or more players and the raid is successful. In both cases, one bonuspoint is awarded to the respective team. 

-Noconsecutive raid can be an empty one.

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

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