Raj Babbar, Sanjay Dutt to inaugurate Kabaddi tournament

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Nagpur, Feb 6 (UNI) Actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar and Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt will inaugurate the All India 'MP's Cup' Kabaddi Tournament for club teams of men and women here tomorrow.

Speaking to reporters here today, Union Minister of State for Renewable Energy Vilas Muttemwar said that Union Minister for Food Processing Subodhkant Sahay, Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal, Rajya Sabha member Datta Meghe and Maharashtra Minister for Education Vasant Purke would be the guests of honour at the inaugural function.

The tournament would be held under the aegis of Maratha Lancers, an organisation of which he is President, from February 7 to 10, Mr Muttemwar said. The tournament had been approved by Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India and Vidarbha Kabaddi Association, he said.

Over 60 men's and women's clubs from all over the country, including those from Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Indore, Kolkata, Manipur, Chennai, Kanyakumari and Kerala, would participate in the tournament, Mr Muttemwar said. The prize money included Rupees one lakh in cash for the winners and Rs 75,000 for the runners-up in the men's section, and Rs 71,000 for the winners and Rs 51,000 for the runners-up in the women's section, he said.

In addition, the members of the winner and runners up teams, and the players of the series would each receive 21-inch colour television sets, he added.

Maratha Lancers Secretary Madan Ratan said the trophy had been named 'MP's Cup' in recognition of the fact that Mr Muttemwar is the Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from Nagpur.

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