Senior National Kabaddi Championships 2017: Complete draw for group stage released

The men's section will feature a total of 30 teams

The Senior National Kabaddi Championships 2017 are all set to kick off in Hyderabad on Sunday, featuring the best kabaddi talent the country has to offer. The Gachibowli Stadium will witness six exciting days of high-quality action, with the biggest Pro Kabaddi stars competing against each other and representing their respective states or public sector employers, instead of the usual franchises.

Earlier, the AKFI had stated that a total of 31 teams will take part at the Nationals. However, it has now been ascertained that the men's section will feature a total of 30 teams, while the women's section will have 28 teams in all.

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The draw for both sections was conducted by officials earlier on Saturday, with the sides divided into eight groups. The league phase will be conducted from December 31 to January 2, with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the knockout stage.

Here are the respective pools:

Men's section

Pool A - Vidarbha, Karnataka, Services Sports Control Board

Pool B - Kerala, Odisha, Haryana, Assam

Pool C - Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Pondicherry

Pool D - West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Railways, Chhattisgarh

Pool E - Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Tripura

Pool F - Delhi, Jharkhand, Rajasthan

Pool G - Uttar Pradesh, BSNL, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur

Pool H - Telangana, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh

Women's section

Pool A - Tamil Nadu, Manipur, Railways

Pool B - Pondicherry, Chhattisgarh, Haryana

Pool C - Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh

Pool D - Odisha, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra

Pool E - West Bengal, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Assam

Pool F - Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Jharkhand

Pool G - Karnataka, Vidarbha, Chandigarh, Tripura

Pool H - Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi

The knockout stages will commence on January 3, with the group winners facing off against second-placed teams from another pool in the Round of 16.

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Edited by Shraishth Jain
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