GFGC Malurtriumphed to become winners of Red Bull Tashan 2018

1st October 2018, Bengaluru:The Southern edition of Red Bull Tashan, a competitive Kabaddi tournament for players at college and club level, successfully organised the Southern Edition in Bengaluru yesterday. Held at Play Arena, Kasavanahalli, Bengaluru. 4 teams qualified to compete at the Southern Finals of the tournament. GFGC Malurtriumphed the Southern Edition Finals by beating GFGCNelamangalain the final match to be crowned Red Bull Tashan 2018 Southern Edition champions in the finals atPlay Arena, Kasavanahalli, Bengaluruon 29thSeptember 2018.

The qualifiers of Southern Edition of Red Bull Tashan saw participation from over 32 teams. The qualifiers took place 26th& 27th September 2018 respectively, saw 4 teams- GFGC Malur, GFGC Nelamangala, RC College and SLN Degree College qualify for the finals. The final, played at Play Arena, Kasanvanahalli in Bangalore on Sunday, saw a close encounter with GFGC Malur edging their opponents with a 33-30 scoreline. The teams have now earned the opportunity to train with Bengaluru Bulls before the 6th season of Pro Kabaddi League kicks off on October 7th.The winning and runner-up teams from each qualifier received a full set of Kabaddi Uniforms and were invited to play the finals.Red Bull Tashan Southern Edition Finals Results:Date: 29thSeptember 2018Venue: Play Arena, Near Total Mall, Silverwood Regency Apartment, No. 75, Central Jail Road Opp, Sarjapur Main Rd, Kasavanahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560035.In the first eliminator,  GFGCMalur beat RC College 49-24 and GFGC Nelamangala beat SLN Degree College27-24 to reach the finals on 29th September 2018.

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Final Match

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Bangalore Final Winner

GFGC Malur  vs GFGC Nelamangala

GFGC Malur


Organised in association with the Pro Kabaddi League franchise Bengaluru Bulls, the tournament aims to widen the reach and further develop the ancient and iconic Indian sport at a grass-root level in the country. The winners will get the glorious opportunity to train with the Bengaluru Bulls team at their home stadium before the 6th season of Pro Kabaddi League kicks off in October.

Open to players between the ages of 16-21, 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. 

On this initiative, UdaySinh Wala, CEO, WL Sport League, that owns the 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 the Red Bull Tashan tournament is contributing 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 our team again at our home stadium, before the commencement of the sixth season of the Pro Kabaddi League.”

India has been the hub of producing great Kabaddi players. The Indian Kabaddi team winning all World Cups- six in total, since 2004, is a testament to that. The Indian national women team has also had a strong hold in the sport, competing in two World Cups and winning both. The interest in the sport of Kabaddi has seen an exponential increase in viewership aswell with the advent of the Pro Kabaddi league. The eye-captivating league had a staggering 435 million viewers in its inaugural season and has grown from strength to strength in each season. Riding on the escalating popularity of the sport, the opening day of Season 5 of the tournament registered a cumulative reach of over 50 million, registering a jump of over 59% over the inaugural day of Season 4 of the tournament. 

Rules of Red Bull Tashan:

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

Age category: 16-19 years.

Match Duration: 20 minutes, divided into halves 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 five substitutions during the playing time of 20 minutes.

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

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

One point shall be awarded to the raider when he crosses the bonus line. The bonus line 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 will also be awarded one point. The side that scores an ‘all-out‘, shall score two extra points.

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

No consecutive raid can be an empty one.

If the match stands at a tie at the end of 20 minutes, 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 opposing team will be on the field. If the match continues to stand at a tie after the first golden raid, the opposing team is awarded a chance at a golden raid. If the game is still tied thereafter, the winner will be decided by a toss.

The Inaugural edition of Red Bull Tashan in Bangalore last year witnessed the winners HMT Colony Boys & Classic Nationals give their best in the final clash to grab the chance to train with the Bengaluru Bulls team, before the fifth season of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League kicked off. HMT Colony Boys emerged as the winners of the first edition of Red Bull Tashan by defeating Classic Nationals in a close final clash by 2 points. Red Bull Tashan Winners HMT Colony Boys earned the opportunity to train with their role models in Bengaluru Bulls Team from 5th to 10th of July at One World, Chennai

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