Huge hike in prize money for Pro Kabaddi League

Indo Asian News Service

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) The fifth edition of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) will have prize money of Rs 8 crores ($1,244,800) -- a significant and unprecedented jump of Rs six crores. The title winners will take home Rs three crores ($466,800), it was announced on Saturday.

The runners-up will be awarded Rs 1.8 crores ($280,080), while the team that finishes in the third place will win Rs 1.2 crores ($186,720), according to a release.

The Most Valuable Player prize, previously awarded to Kabaddi stars like Anup Kumar and Manjeet Chillar, is also receiving a boost this season, with the awardee set to win Rs 15 lakh ($23,340).

A total of 12 teams will clash in 138 matches during the league, commencing on July 28 in Hyderabad.

PKL Commissioner Anupam Goswami said: "Even before the commencement of its fifth season, VIVO Pro Kabaddi has already traversed significant landmarks, beginning with a ground-breaking sponsorship deal, to record bids at the player auction, and now a remarkable elevation of the consolidated prize money.

"The winning sum to be awarded to season 5 champions is at par with renowned leagues, making the PKL trophy a highly coveted one."

The first match will see Telugu Titans take on new team Tamil Thalaivas.

--IANS

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